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Commodity Chains: what can we learn from a business history of the rubber chain? (1870-1910)

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  • Felipe Tamega Fernandes

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    (Harvard Business School, Entrepreneurial Management Unit)

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    The literature on the rubber boom applied a Dependendist view of rubber production in the Brazilian Amazon. Even though a sizable surplus was generated in the rubber chain, it was mostly appropriated by foreigners. This view is in tune with the Global Commodity Chain approach that argues that manufacturing/core economies absorb the bulk of surplus generated in the commodity chain. This paper challenges both frameworks and asks for a more careful examination of the business history of commodity chains: it is a first step in this direction through an analysis of the relationship between two nodes of the rubber chain.

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    Paper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 10-089.

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    Length: 48 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hbs:wpaper:10-089

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    Keywords: Rubber; Commodities; Commodity Chains; Business History; Amazon Region; Brazil.;

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