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


Second Author :

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


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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