de Andrade Baltar, Paulo Eduardo dos Santos, Anselmo Luís Krein, José Dari Leone, Eugenia Weishaupt Proni, Marcelo Moretto, Amilton Gori Maia, Alexandre Salas, Carlos
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Global Labour University Working Paper 9
In recent years, Brazil has seen an increase in formal employment, the raising of the minimum wage, a recovery in the purchasing power of the average wage, a drop in open unemployment and curbs on unprotected subcontracting. Average household incomes have risen and poverty has declined. How was this achieved? This paper argues that a minimum wage revaluation policy, broader social security coverage, income transfers and improved wage bargaining have all contributed to a reduction in inequality. The shift in labour market indicators is, they believe, conditioned by Brazil’s economic dynamics, public policy on the raising of incomes, and a legal and institutional framework in which the public institutions and the trade unions play a prominent role. The authors advocate the creation of a development model that distributes income and dignifies citizens.