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Institutional development and colonial heritage within Brazil

Naritomi, Joana ORCID: 0000-0002-6761-3077, Soares, Rodrigo R. and Assuncao, Juliano (2012) Institutional development and colonial heritage within Brazil. Journal of Economic History, 72 (2). ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050712000071


This article analyzes the determinants of local institutions in Brazil. We show that institutional quality and distribution of land are partly inherited from the colonial histories experienced by different areas of the country. The sugar cane boom—characterized by an oligarchic society—is associated with more land inequality. The gold boom—characterized by a heavily inefficient presence of the Portuguese state—is associated with worse governance and access to justice. We do not find similar effects for a postcolonial boom (coffee). We also find that the colonial episodes are correlated with lower provision of public goods.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 09:50
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 19:18

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