Opinion

Presidential candidates face a variety of challenges regarding the economy

The economy is the most crucial issue for Brazilian voters. Each contender has a different mission to convince voters they can solve Brazil’s economic woes

economy Former Lula wants voters to remember the good economic times of his presidency. But he has to detach himself from Dilma Rousseff. Photo: Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress)
Former Lula wants voters to remember the good economic times of his presidency. But he has to detach himself from Dilma Rousseff. Photo: Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress)

“Inflation is when money is worthless. A recession is when money has value, but it’s not in your pocket.” This one-liner came from the “Analyst from Bagé,” a legendary character in Brazilian literature. The forthright Freudian therapist delivered blunt reactions when patients broached their issues. Unfortunately, the economic reality of Brazil 2022 combines both problems — there is no money in Brazilians’ pockets and its very value is dropping due to double-digit inflation.

Available data shows that voters have heightened awareness of the Brazilian economy, employment, poverty, and inflation as priority issues in advance of October’s elections. Therefore,...

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