Social Policies, Personal and Regional Income Inequality in Brazil: An I-0 Analysis of the 'Bolsa Família' Program

V Encontro Nacional da Associação Brasileira de Estudos Regionais e Urbanos, 2007

24 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014

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Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carlos Roberto Azzoni

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics

Joaquim Guilhoto

University of Sao Paulo

Eduardo A. Haddad

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Regional Economics, Application Labratory, REAL

Marco Laes

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics

Guilherme Renato Caldo Moreira

Federação das Insdústrias de São Paulo (FIESP)

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The study presents a Leontief-Miyazawa model to study personal and regional income inequality in Brazil. The economy is divided into 31 sectors, in 5 macro regions; households are allocated into 10 income brackets. The study identifies the contribution of different sectors to inequality. The model is used to simulate the capacity of social policies to reduce personal and regional inequality in the country. The analysis is conducted using the pro-poor “Bolsa Família” program which is a social program that provides direct income transfers to poor (with per capita income between BRL 60,01 and BRL 120,00) and extreme poor households (with per capita income below BRL 60,00). The results show that in the short run, the “Bolsa Família” program has proven to produce positive results, both at the personal income level and at the regional concentration level, and has surely paid large dividends in electoral terms. Solving inequality problems, however, might need other mid and long run policies which could improve competitiveness of lagging regions.

Suggested Citation

Hewings, Geoffrey J.D. and Azzoni, Carlos Roberto and Guilhoto, Joaquim José Martins and Haddad, Eduardo A. and Laes, Marco and Moreira, Guilherme Renato Caldo, Social Policies, Personal and Regional Income Inequality in Brazil: An I-0 Analysis of the 'Bolsa Família' Program (2007). V Encontro Nacional da Associação Brasileira de Estudos Regionais e Urbanos, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2421476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2421476

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Carlos Roberto Azzoni

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Joaquim José Martins Guilhoto (Contact Author)

University of Sao Paulo ( email )

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Eduardo A. Haddad

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sao Paulo, SP 05508-900
Brazil

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Regional Economics, Application Labratory, REAL ( email )

United States

Marco Laes

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Economics ( email )

Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto 908
Sao Paulo SP, 05508-900
Brazil

Guilherme Renato Caldo Moreira

Federação das Insdústrias de São Paulo (FIESP) ( email )

São Paulo
Brazil

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