Economics Assessment of Brazil

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Brazil is one of the most prominent emerging economies in the world, indeed Brazil forms part of the BRIC group of emerging economies alongside Russia, India and China. Brazil does differ from some of its emerging economy counterparts in many ways, unlike China (but similar to Russia and India) Brazil has a democratic form of government and the centre-left Worker’s Party (Partidos dos Trabalhadores (PT)) has governed Brazil since 2003. Unlike other emerging economies, the Brazilian economy is dominated by the services industry which contributes 67 per-cent of Brazilian GDP and employs 70 per-cent of Brazil’s 100.77 million strong labour force. The other key sectors of the Brazilian economy are the industrial sector, contributing 27.5per-cent of GDP and employing 19per-cent of Brazilian labour and agriculture which represents 5.5per-cent of GDP and employing 10per-cent of the Brazilian employed. Firstly, Brazil has experienced strong period of economic growth in the past decade, exemplified by the average growth rate of 4.4 per-cent in the five years leading up to 2010 which is much stronger than the average growth rate of 2.2 per-cent in the 1990s. This stronger growth rate as a percentage of GDP is shown in the graph below using data produced by the Brazilian government's Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, (Institute of Applied Economic Research). Secondly, Brazil has also achieved a substantial improvement in economic development over this time period. Brazil has above average economic development levels in comparison to other Latin American nations and is ranked 73rd in the world in terms of economic development, this is an indication that Brazil's economic development exceeds its economic growth as Brazil... ... middle of paper ... ...Research – www.ipeadata.gov.br The Guardian – www.guardian.co.uk The World Bank – www.worldbank.org British Broadcasting Corporation – www.bbc.co.uk The Economist – www.economist.com The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation – www.fao.org Trading Economics – www.tradingeconomics.com International Monetary Fund – www.imf.org The Brookings Institute – www.brookings.edu Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística – www.ibge.gov.br/english The New York Times – www.nytimes.com United States Environmental Protection Agency – www.epa.gov União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar – www.english.unica.com.br Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – www.inpe.br NASA – www.nasa.gov United Nations Development Programme – www.undp.org Stratfor – www.stratfor.com The Huffington Post – www.huffingtonpost.com The Independent – www.independent.co.uk

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