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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

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BRESSER-PEREIRA, Luiz Carlos. An account of new developmentalism and its structuralist macroeconomics. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.3, pp.493-502. ISSN 0101-3157.

This is a personal account of the definition of "new developmentalism" - a national development strategy alternative to the Washington consensus -, and of a "structuralist development macroeconomics": the sum of models that justifies theoretically that strategy. It is personal account of a collective work involving Keynesian, institutionalist and structuralist economists in Brazil that are forming a new school of thought in Brazil: a Keynesian-structuralist school. It is Keynesian because it emphasizes the demand side or the investment opportunities' side of economic growth. It is institutionalist because institutions obviously matter in achieving growth and stability. It is structuralist because it defines economic development as a structural change from low to high value added per capita industries and because it is based on two structural tendencies that limit investment opportunities: the tendency of wages to grow below productivity and the tendency to the cyclical overvaluation of the exchange rate.

Palavras-chave : macroeconomics; structuralism; developmentalism; history of economic thought.

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