Roots of Brazilian Relative Economic Backwardness

Roots of Brazilian Relative Economic Backwardness

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Roots of Brazil's Relative Economic Backwardness explains Brazil's development level in light of modern theories regarding economic growth and international economics. It focuses on both the proximate and fundamental causes of Brazil's slow development, turning currently dominant hypotheses upside down.

To support its arguments, the book presents extensive statistical analysis of Brazilian long-term development, with some new series on per capita GDP, population ethnical composition, and human capital stock, among others. It is an important resource in the ongoing debate on the causes of Latin American underdeveloped economies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16.76mm | 2,060g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128097566
  • 9780128097564
  • 2,173,352

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Historical Origins of Brazilian Relative Backwardness

Chapter 3. A Simple Model of World Equilibrium With International Trade and No Restriction on Factor Mobility

Chapter 4. Some Empirical Evidence on the Sources of Brazilian Current Relative Backwardness

Chapter 5. Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital and Its Role in Physical Capital Accumulation

Chapter 6. Migration Profile and Human Capital Building in Brazil and the United States in the 19th Century

Chapter 7. Genesis of Brazilian Human Capital: From Colony to the 19th Century

Chapter 8. Relative Declining in the 19th Century

Chapter 9. Stabilization of Relative Backwardness

Chapter 10. Alternative Explanations for Brazilian Relative Backwardness

Chapter 11. The Fundamental Cause of the Emergence of Relative Backwardness

Chapter 12. Social Conflict as the Source of Brazilian Relative Backwardness

Chapter 13. Social Conflicts and Human Capital Accumulation in the Period of Search for National Identity

Chapter 14. Conclusion
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Review quote

"The poor performance of the Brazilian economy since the 1980s has been object of an ever long debate about its causes. This book provides important insights into this debate, bringing a provocative interpretation about the historical development of the Brazilian economy that explains the roots of its backwardness. Based on modern theories about economic growth, the author presents new statistical indicators that support his claims. This is a stimulating contribution to the academic research on the Brazilian economy." --Carmem Feijo, Fluminense Federal University
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About Alexandre Rands Barros

Alexandre Rands Barros is Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A., and was Senior Associate Member in St. Antony's College in the University of Oxford in England at two non-continuous moments. He was a Professor of Economics at Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife-PE, Brazil. Currently he is president in a Brazilian private company, although he continues to work on academic research about Brazilian Development.
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