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Industrial Upgrading in Brazil

Started: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Estimated Completion: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The project aims to advance our understanding of the industrial upgrading process, to leverage the resources of the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, and to raise Columbia's profile in Brazil around these issues.

There is broad agreement among policy-makers and researchers that industrial upgrading--interpreted broadly as improvements in productivity, product quality, and export performance among manufacturing firms--is an important element of growth in Brazil and other developing countries.

There is broad agreement among policy-makers and researchers that industrial upgrading--interpreted broadly as improvements in productivity, product quality, and export performance among manufacturing firms--is an important element of growth in Brazil and other developing countries. I propose two related projects to advance our understanding of the industrial upgrading process, to leverage the resources of the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, and to raise Columbia's profile in Brazil around these issues.

The first project is an investigation of the interaction between labor-market regulation, in particular, the minimum wage and the behavior of manufacturing firms. The project will draw on detailed, confidential data on Brazilian manufacturers to investigate a novel hypothesis regarding possible pro-innovation effects of minimum wages. The second project, in an exploratory stage, is to provide analytical input into the development of a new regional development strategy for the state of Rio de Janeiro.  

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Regions: 
South America

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and EconomicsVice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

ACADEMIC UNIT

School:
International & Public Affairs
Department:
Economics Department
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