Informal economy represents 18% of GDP in Brazil

Informal vendors on the street in São Paulo

Heavy taxes and a lot of bureaucracy. Those are the thoughts that came to my mind when I saw the latest FGV  estimate; Brazil’s informal economy is R$578bn, or the equivalent to Argentina’s total GDP.

The good news is that although sizeable, the statistic reveals a more formalized economy than in 2003, when 23% of GDP  was estimated to be informal.

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About Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists Bureau. She is a member of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC-Rio) where she served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board. Hildete advises companies doing business in Brazil. She lives between Paris and Rio and is a member of the Harvard Club of Paris and of the Mercosur Women’s Forum.
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