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Balance-of-payments-constrained growth in Brazil: a test of Thirlwall's Law, 1890-1973

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  • LUIS BÉRTOLA
  • HERMES HIGACHI
  • GABRIEL PORCILE

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The paper offers a time-series test of Thirlwall's Law for Brazil during the 1890-1973 period. The results confirm the existence of a long-run relationship between Brazilian gross domestic product (GDP), terms-of-trade, and world income, as Thirlwall's Law predicts. In addition, an error correction model is estimated, which shows that adjusting toward Thirlwall's Law equilibrium explains a substantial part of total variation of real GDP in the short run.

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  • Luis Bértola & Hermes Higachi & Gabriel Porcile, 2002. "Balance-of-payments-constrained growth in Brazil: a test of Thirlwall's Law, 1890-1973," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(1), pages 123-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:postke:v:25:y:2002:i:1:p:123-140
    DOI: 10.1080/01603477.2002.11051348
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