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Lemann Lectures Series: Regional disparities in Brazil: evolution, consequences, and policy alternatives

SpeakerCarlos Azzoni. Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting. University of Sao Paulo. Lemann Distinguished Visitor Fall12
Date Oct 16, 2012
Time 2:00 pm  
Location 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Sponsor Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, CLACS
Contact Angelina Cotler
Event type Lecture
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The presentation deals with the general trends of economic concentration and inequality across Brazilian regions. General indicators are presented revealing the high degree of economic disparities in the country and its persistency. Regional concentration and its evolution is measured by the economic center of gravity, defined as the GDP-weighted latitude and longitude in each year for its regions. The evolution of productivity in agriculture, manufacturing and tertiary activities reveals that the traditional areas still keep their competitive position even after many changes in the country's economy.

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