Brazil’s Economy Under Lula: The dawn of a new era?
Published: December 2005
In this article Edmund Amann analyses the recent performance of the Brazilian economy, the largest in South America. For a number of years it has been clear that Brazil, despite substantial natural resource endowments and a talented and entrepreneurial population, has failed to match the growth performance of other emerging market economies, notably those of East and South East Asia. This article examines the structural impediments to accelerated growth which will need to be overcome if Brazil’s economic performance is to improve significantly. While the government of President Lula is well aware of the need for structural reform, it is argued that progress in this field has been slower than desirable. As a result, growth remains constrained and the scope for reducing poverty and inequality restricted.