Revista de Economia Política
versión impresa ISSN 0101-3157
VERSIANI, Flávio Rabelo. "Soft" slavery in Brazil: was Gilberto Freyre right?. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.2, pp. 163-183. ISSN 0101-3157. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31572007000200001.
This article examines the question of the supposedly benign character of Brazilian slavery in contrast with North America slavery. In economic analyses of slavery, coercion toward slaves is viewed as a means to achieve maximum output, especially in large-scale agriculture. In small slave holdings, however, coercion was generally inefficient for that purpose, and positive incentives tended to be preferred. It is argued that, as recent evidence on Brazil has shown that small slave holdings prevailed in various regions and periods, this may lend empirical support to the notion of a relatively benign slavery, using more incentives than coercion.
Palabras llave : slave work; Brazil [slavery]; Brazil [XIX century].