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In this BMJ Interview, we brought a special guest. Our chat is with Marek Hanusch, Lead Economist and Program Leader at the World Bank’s Practice Group for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions.

Recently, Marek led the preparation of the study “A Balancing Act for Brazil’s Amazonian States: An Economic Memorandum” released by the World Bank. The document brings economic strategies for the population living in the Legal Amazon. This area encompasses nine states in the Amazon basin, in which about 36% of the population live in poverty.

Marek holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has published in various economics and development journals, including the European Economic Review, the Economics Letters, and the Public Choice. He also led numerous World Bank reports, including the study “An Incomplete Transition: Overcoming the Legacy of Exclusion in South Africa”, published by the World Bank and Cape Town University Press, respectively.

In this conversation with our consultants Amanda Roza and Lucas Fernandes, Marek talks about how command-and-control and economic instruments of environmental policy can complement Amazônia Legal, the role of macroeconomic policy and the financial sector in the transition to sustainable development, among other solutions and strategies presented in the memorandum. Check out our interview with Marek Hanusch. If you want to know more about the study, visit: worldbank org

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