Dissertation elaborates legal analysis of Brazil’s Individual Microentrepreneur Program

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Albério Júnio R. de Lima, a student working towards his LL.M. degree at the University of Brasília Law School and a member of the Law, Economy and Society Group (LESG) will present on March 27, 2014, his recently concluded dissertation, entitled (original in Portuguese): “The effectiveness of the Individual Microentrepreneur Program, in the perspective of the Legal Analysis of Economic Policy, with a focus on the right to production” (download — text in Portuguese)

Index of Empirical Effectiveness (IEE)

Index of Empirical Effectiveness (IEE)

Albério’s dissertation exemplifies how the legal analysis of economic policies may be enriched and benefit from conceptual innovation by using reconstructed analytical categories such as those described and discussed in publications and activities of the LESG. In his dissertation, Albério analyzed several aspects of the policy he selected as a focus of empirical investigation (the Individual Microentrepreneur Program — IMP, introduced by federal law in Brazil and managed by experts of the Brazilian federal government). Albério also elaborated an “index of empirical effectiveness” (see image above) of the right to commercial property of program-affiliated individual microentrepreneurs in Brazil.

The abstract of the dissertation is as follows:

 ABSTRACT: In a globalized world, characterized by constant transformation, legal analysis must be involved in the processes that promote change in the structure of society. Legal analysis must therefore partake in economic development. This means that, under conditions of globalization, it is important that empirically grounded legal arguments be elaborated in order to assist in the reform of public policies. Given the fact that labor markets have been affected by globalization, the International Organization of Labor and the Mercosur have been engaged in debates about issues such as unemployment rates and labor informality. As a consequence of these debates, economic activities of small enterprises have come to be seen as mechanisms which can boost formality in labor markets. In Brazil labor market-related public policies have been implemented in the last decade aiming at widening the reach of social protection of small entrepreneurs. On the one hand microcredit policies became relevant as a means to promote economic activity.  On the other hand, in 2008, the Brazilian government introduced the Individual Microentrepreneur Program (Programa Microempreendedor Individual). Besides affording social protection to registered entrepreneurs, this program provides a legal footing for the fruition of the right to be profitably engaged in productive activity. The present dissertation develops an empirically grounded analysis of the effectiveness of the Individual Microentrepreneur Program with regard to the fruition of such right. The Legal Analysis of Economic Policy was used as tool to evaluate the impact of the Program by means of both technical and legal criteria, which are conducive to the elaboration of focused reform proposals.

The members of the LESG and other individuals involved in the legal analysis of economic topics will certainly be interested in Albério’s work, a relevant contribution that explores new pathways through which the work of contemporary lawyers can evolve.

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