Brazil fact of the day

In the 1980s manufacturing peaked at 34% of Brazil’s gdp. In 2020 it was just 11%…

Between 1980 and 2017, manufacturing value added in Brazil in real terms grew by only 24%, compared with 69% in neighbouring Argentina and 204% worldwide.

Brazil’s science-based industries have also lost their share of gdpfaster than expected. In the 1980s Brazil produced 55% of the pharmaceutical ingredients it used. By 2020 this had dropped to 5%.

Here is the full article from The Economist.  The problem of course is that Brazil is deindustrializing before its industrialization had the chance to build a stable middle class.


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