Brazil

Agricultural Productivity and Structural Transformation: Evidence from Brazil

In this paper, published in the American Economic Review, Bustos, Caprettini and Ponticelli (2016) study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on structural transformation.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2016

Market Power and Carbon Emissions in the Amazon

The beef cattle sector is the leading driver of deforestation worldwide and a major source of carbon emissions. In this paper, I study how market power in the cattle supply chain shapes production and emissions in the Brazilian Amazon.

Working Paper
23 Oct 2023

Market Power and Carbon Emissions in the Amazon

Market power can be beneficial to the environment – by distorting production to lower levels, emissions also decrease. But what happens when the regions affected by market power are the most productive, lowest emitters?

Research Note
23 Oct 2023

Credit Supply Shocks and Firm Dynamics: Evidence from Brazil

We explore how financial constraints distort the entry decisions among otherwise productive entrepreneurs and limit growth of promising young firms.

Working Paper
19 Sep 2023

Earnings Inequality and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Brazil

Increases in the minimum wage can substantially reduce earnings inequality. To demonstrate this, we combine administrative and survey data with an equilibrium model of the Brazilian labor market.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2022

Regulating Deforestation Through Supply Chains – Evidence from the Amazon

This project investigates how market structure in the beef supply chain affects optimal environmental policy in the Amazon.

Research Project
1 Jun 2022

Patronage and Selection in Public Sector Organizations

In all modern bureaucracies, politicians retain some discretion in public employment decisions, which may lead to frictions in the selection process if political connections substitute for individual competence.

Journal Article
1 Oct 2020

Industrialization without Innovation

The introduction of labor-saving technologies in agriculture can release workers who find occupation in the manufacturing sector. The traditional view is that this structural transformation process leads to economic growth.

Working Paper
1 Aug 2020

Capital Accumulation and Structural Transformation

Several scholars argue that high agricultural productivity can retard industrial development because it draws resources toward the comparative advantage sector, agriculture.

Journal Article
3 Jan 2020

The Agricultural Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazilian Micro-data

A key feature of developing economies is that wages in agriculture are below those of other sectors.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2020

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