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"Growth, Efficiency and Equity: The Impact of Agribusiness and Land Reform in Brazil"

Werner Baer and Mavio Filizzola

 

First Author :

Werner Baer
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 218 DKH, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

217-333-8388

wbaer@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/baer.html


Second Author :

Mavio Filizzola
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1301 W. Gregory Drive, 362 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
USA

217-333-1810

filizzol@uiuc.edu

 
 
Abstract :
 
This article first analyzes the nature of Brazilís modern agribusiness, how it emerged, its relative importance within the economy, and its impact on the countryís distribution of wealth and income. It then examines the achievements of the Brazilian governmentís land reform program, the degree of continued property concentration, and the impact of the MST (Movement of Rural Workers without Land). It speculates on the degree of co-existence that is possible between the agribusiness sector and the MST, and the degree to which one side can only prevail at the cost of the other.
 
 
Footnotes & Acknowledgements :
 
Paper produced with the collaboration of Leonard A. Abbey
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2005
Manuscript Published : 2005
 
 
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