Category Archives: Brazil

The internationalisation of Vale in some slides

My recent presentation about the history of Vale is available online.  It is a summary of some points of my PhD dissertation about Vale and how it became a leading mining company. It was presented on January 31rst at the Economic … Continue reading

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The contradictions of Brazil’s foreign policy

  This piece from the economist caught my eye… “The values Rio Branco espoused—peace, moderation, trust in international law, non-intervention and what would now be called the pursuit of soft power—became integral to Brazil’s idea of itself, Mr Ricupero argues. … Continue reading

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Brazil reopens for business

After electing a pro-business president who is committed to anti-corruption, Brazilians send a message to the world: “dear investors,  please come back”. Concerns about Bolsonaro Some concerns may arise, of course. Is this Bolsonaro guy a dictator? Will he turn Brazil … Continue reading

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Turning Brazil into an agricultural powerhouse

The challenge of feeding a growing population was in the center of Malthus problem theory.  This large subject will be addressed by a panel during the World Economic History Congress in Boston. Our group will discuss the history of food … Continue reading

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Brazilian presidential elections pressing question: what candidate will the “big-center”parties support?

Who will the “big-center” parties (DEM, PRB, PP, and SD) support? According to a report of ITAU BBA, it could be with he PSDB (pre-candidate Geraldo Alckmin) or PDT (pre-candidate Ciro Gomes). This is a sensitive decision because these parties have … Continue reading

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Boeing and Embraer confirm talks for a potential merger

Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing is in discussions to take over Embraer, the Brazilian airframer. The deal would boost Boeing’s presence in the regional jet market. For the moment, they confirm only that they are talking but there is … Continue reading

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How young Brazilians hope to clean up politics

https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21732532-first-they-must-get-elected-and-old-guard-make-hard-how-young-brazilians-hope WITH his reversed baseball cap and facial fuzz, the style of 29-year-old Daniel José Oliveira (pictured) is hardly typical for a Brazilian politician. Nor is his background: he was one of 11 siblings brought up in a small town … Continue reading

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