Price movement in the Brazilian land market (1994-2010): an analysis in the light of post-Keynesian theory

Evolução dos preços no mercado brasileiro de terras (1994-2010): uma análise à luz da teoria pós-keynesiana

TIAGO SANTOS TELLES ALEX WILHANS ANTONIO PALLUDETO BASTIAAN PHILIP REYDON About the authors

ABSTRACT

The present study aims to evaluate crop, pasture and forest land prices in Brazil, between 1994 and 2010, in the light of Post-Keynesian theory. The results provide evidence that land, more than just a simple factor of production, must be conceived of as an economic asset. In fact, the price of rural land is determined not only by the expected profitability deriving from agricultural activities but also by the agents' expectations about its future appreciation and liquidity in an economic environment permeated with uncertainty. In this context, as an object of speculation, land has been particularly important as a store of value.

KEYWORDS:
land prices; post-Keynesian; Brazilian economy

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