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Covid and after: the battle for fiscal space in LAC

Swings and roundabouts: Mexico and Brazil

April-September, which was subsequently halved until the end of the year. After a gap, the payments were temporarily resumed in early 2021. The programme had a short-term and favourable political effect for the government, boosting Bolsonaro’s approval ratings, particularly in poorer areas of the country, which traditionally voted for centre-left politicians. At the economic level they were highly successful since they are estimated to have reached an estimated 67m people, or 32% of the population, giving them meaningful financial support, and offsetting some of the contraction in aggregate demand caused by the pandemic.   

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