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Brazil faces a “statistical blackout”

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IBGE is Brazil’s official statistics agency

The Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) was created in 1930 to produce, perhaps for the first time in the country’s history, systematic and reliable data about Brazil. The institute’s mission, according to itself, is “to supply Brazil with the information it needs to know its own reality and allow the exercise of citizenship.” The data it produces is used by the government to allocate chunks of the budget to states and municipalities. It is also used by investors and international agencies to assess Brazil in comparison to other countries.

But the IBGE is under threat, due to a lack...

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