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An evolutionary view of the Brazilian poultry industry and its firms


  • Armando João Dalla Costa

    (Professor in the Department of Economics of UFPR and Coordinator of Núcleo de Pesquisa em Economia Empresarial)

  • Pascal Petit

    (Professor in the Department of Economics of Université Paris 13)

  • Mauricio Vaz Lobo Bittencourt

    (Professor in the Department of Economics and Head of the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Desenvolvimento Econômico da UFPR)


New technologies, innovation, and research and development of new products can help developing economies to transform models of production and raise productivity. Several countries in Asia have shown that investing in education, research. Technological adaptation and creation of new technology may foster economic development. In the case of the Brazilian aviculture, the interaction between various actors (private firms, federal government, provinces and municipalities, along with research centers), transformed an artisanal activity in one of the most dynamic sectors of agriculture. The combined action of these actors sharply increased production and consumption, and reduced prices. Moreover, Brazil became the largest exporter of aviculture goods to the international markets. This paper analyzes how this transformation happened looking at the development of the aviculture sector, using evolutionary and Schumpeterian theory. Particular emphasis will be given to the study of creation and adaptation of technology as a source of international competitiveness, which contributed to sustain a trajectory of exports and the subsequent process of internationalization of the Brazilian firms.

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  • Armando João Dalla Costa & Pascal Petit & Mauricio Vaz Lobo Bittencourt, 2008. "An evolutionary view of the Brazilian poultry industry and its firms," Working Papers 0082, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fup:wpaper:0082
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    1. Giovanni Dosi, 2000. "Innovation, Organization and Economic Dynamics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1248, November.
    2. Freeman, Chris, 1994. "The Economics of Technical Change," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 18(5), pages 463-514, October.
    3. Dosi, Giovanni & Nelson, Richard R, 1994. "An Introduction to Evolutionary Theories in Economics," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 153-172, September.
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    dinnovation; technologies; research & development; productivity; industrial aviculture;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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