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Persistência das desigualdades regionais no Brasil: polarização e divergência [Persistence of regional inequalities in Brazil: polarization and divergence]


  • Erik Figueiredo


  • Sabino Porto Junior



This paper aims to evaluate the recent dynamics of the regional development in Brazil assuming that the recent fall in income inequality does not indicate income convergence. The income polarization index shows that when Brazil is divided in the subsets North/Northeast and the rest of the country, there is greater identification of states and municipalities within each group (poor with poor and rich with rich), and an increase of the distance between them. In this sense, the reduction of total inequality reflects a process of income divergence.

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  • Erik Figueiredo & Sabino Porto Junior, 2015. "Persistência das desigualdades regionais no Brasil: polarização e divergência [Persistence of regional inequalities in Brazil: polarization and divergence]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 25(1), pages 195-208, January-A.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:25:y:2015:i:1:p:195-208

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    Inequality; Polarization; Divergence; Income Dynamics;

    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence


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