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Desigualdade e Pobreza: Fatos Estilizados e Simulações

Souza-Sobrinho, Nelson (2001): Desigualdade e Pobreza: Fatos Estilizados e Simulações. Published in: Revista Paranaense de Desenvolvimento No. 100 (January 2001): pp. 107-131.


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This paper analyses the relations between poverty, inequality and economic growth in Brazil. First of all, based on recent research, it shows characteristics and historical evolution of inequality and poverty. These characteristics are not novelty to specialized research, but drawing them as stylized facts gives a comprehensive idea of the matter. Then the work builds simulations based on Mendonça & Paes de Barros’s methodology (1997). These simulations depict the impact of economic growth and inequality on poverty and agree with both empirical evidences from recent papers and results found by those authors. The exercise shows an inverse relation between growth and poverty, and a positive one between inequality and poverty. Finally, the paper criticizes the recent Brazilian research.

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