WEBINAR | Childhood Education: Public Policy Evaluation and suggestions for the new FUNDEB

Date: 23rd of March, 2021

Location: www.abc.org.br/transmission

Concerns with Brazilian basic education appears highlighted in the 1988 Constitution. Its most recent improvement took place in the New Fundeb, approved in 2020. It stands out for having as the main goal the correction of inequalities between municipalities, and also for a greater focus on early childhood education.

Researches by the invited speakers shows that emphasis should be on a multidisciplinary approach and on the investment in education and children physical health, from birth to 5 years of age, designing unified life cycle strategies. Public policies with this focus generate return on investment capable of reducing inequalities and generating individuals with adequate skills to have successful lives, with greater capacity to produce.

The guests are James Heckman, Nobel Prize Laureate, the economist Rodrigo Pinto and the Member of the BAS Aloisio Araújo.

The moderators will be the President of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Luiz Davidovich, and Prof. Aloísio Araújo, Member of BAS.

Watch at: www.abc.org.br/transmission
Starting at 4:00 pm (GMT-3)


  • Aloísio Araújo
    Economist with a master’s degree in mathematics and a PhD in statistics. He is currently an emeritus researcher at the the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) and full professor at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV-RJ). He was pioneer in Brazil in the use of mathematical models to understand economic problems. He is a Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) in the fields of economics and applied mathematics.  

  • Rodrigo Pinto
    Rodrigo Pinto is an economist with a PhD from the University of Chicago and is currently a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has several academic papers in the areas of public policy evaluation, early childhood investment and econometrics. In 2018, one of his researches was considered among the 12 most influent of the year by Quartz magazine (Atlantic Publication).

  • James Heckman
    Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000. He has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic questions related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination, and the formation of skills and regulation in labor markets, as well as to devising and applying rigorous empirical methods for understanding and addressing these questions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association,, among others.