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Soybeans, poverty and inequality in the Brazilian Amazon

Weinhold, Diana ORCID: 0000-0002-0002-9378, Killick, Evan and Reis, Eustáquio J. (2013) Soybeans, poverty and inequality in the Brazilian Amazon. World Development, 52. pp. 132-143. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.11.016


Using a mixed-method approach of econometric and ethnographic field research, this article examines the social and economic costs and benefits of increases in soybean production in the Brazilian Amazon. Statistical analysis suggests that increased soy production both reduces poverty indicators and raises median rural incomes, but is also associated with increased measures of inequality. Qualitative fieldwork sheds light on the wider political and social causes and consequences of this increasing inequality, pointing to ethnic differences between large soy farmers and local populations that raise long standing prejudices and tensions.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q18 - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 07:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:04

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