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.
- Argues that low human capital accumulation is the major source of Brazilian relative underdevelopment
- Considers class conflict as the major determinant of Brazil's historically low human capital accumulation and underdevelopment
- Presents new statistical information about Brazilian early development
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
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.