A time to reap
Conceição Tavares worked hard and now is time to reap the benefits. From Marx21 (hat tip Tomas Rotta).
Renowned professor and economist Maria da Conceição Tavares received yesterday, May 17th 2012, the highest scientific prize granted by the Brazilian government. The national foundation for scientific research (CNPq) awarded Conceição Tavares for her lifetime theoretical and practical achievements. Tavares has influenced generations of students, scholars, and state officials. The significance of the award is that it goes to a female Marxist economist. Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president and herself a former student of Conceição Tavares, personally handed the prize. During the official ceremony Dilma made clear in her brief speech that “Conceição Tavares treated economics as it should be treated, as political economy.”
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PS: By the way, while it's true that Conceição was certainly influenced by Marx, it's far from clear that one could call her Marxist rather than say Structuralist. Her famous 1978 full professor dissertation (you had to write one to get a chair at a public university then) is basically Kaleckian, and was clearly influenced by Keynes. And as any Brazilian economist she was heavily influenced by Marxist historian Caio Prado and by the quintessential Brazilian structuralist Celso Furtado, beyond several structuralists at ECLAC, like Prebisch and Anibal Pinto. A more detailed story here.