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STINT-funding to Svante Prado's research project with Brazil


Svante Prado, unit for Economic History at the Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, has received SEK 663 000 from STINT in research funding. The project, which extends over four years (2015-2019) is a collaboration of four Swedish and three Brazilian researchers. The Swedish researchers are Svante Prado, Erik Bengtsson and Joacim Waara from the Unit for Economic History, University of Gothenburg and Kerstin Enflo from the Department of Economic History, University of Lund. The Brazilian researchers are Renato Perim Coli Tete, Felipe Pereira and Dante Aldrighi from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

Svante Prado

Svante and Renato are the project managers and Renato has been awarded research grants to the same amount from Brazilian CAPES. The money will cover the travel, accommodation, workshops and some salary funds for the relatively new doctors, Eric, Joacim and Felipe.

You can read the abstract of the project below.

Title: Poles apart: a long-term perspective on inequality, industrialization and labour market institutions in Brazil and Sweden


This collaboration between a group of Brazilian and Swedish economic historians aims to further our understanding of why the two countries set out on different pathways with regard to income distribution and long-term economic growth. The comparative approach the project applies promises to cast fresh light on why Brazil became unequal and lagged behind the developed countries during much of the twentieth century. The project directs the searchlights towards two comparative areas that have bearings on the abysmal growth and inequality records of Brazil: the manufacturing industry and labour market institutions. To achieve our research objectives we break down the overarching research theme into eight specific areas each of which will form a chapter to appear in an edited volume. Two joint workshops secure a thorough treatment of each chapter of the book. Besides our research objectives, the collaboration also aims to make sure that the academic field of economic history continues to accommodate the global and comparative dimensions. To achieve this aim each country’s host department invites participating scholars from the other to lecture on topics like modern Scandinavian economic history and development patterns in less developed countries and assist in supervision of master and PhD students.