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Institutional Development and Colonial Heritage within Brazil

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  • Naritomi, Joana

    ()
    (Harvard University)

  • Soares, Rodrigo R.

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    (Sao Paulo School of Economics)

  • Assunção, Juliano J.

    (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio))

Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants of local institutions and distribution of political power within a constant 'macro-institutional' setting. We show that characteristics of Brazilian municipalities related to institutional quality and distribution of political power are partly inherited from the colonial histories experienced by different areas of the country. Municipalities with origins tracing back to the sugar-cane colonial cycle – characterized by a polarized and oligarchic socioeconomic structure – display today more inequality in the distribution of endowments (land). Municipalities with origins tracing back to the gold colonial cycle – characterized by a heavily inefficient presence of the Portuguese state – display today worse governance practices and less access to justice. The colonial rent-seeking episodes are also correlated with lower provision of public goods and lower income per capita.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4276.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic History, 2012, 72 (2), 393-422
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Keywords: Brazil; geography; rent-seeking; colonial heritage; institutions;

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