Productivity Profile of Brazil


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IPEA (Institute for Applied Economic Research) is a federal publicly funded research centre linked to the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic. It provides technical and institutional support to government actions – enabling the formulation and reformulation of public policies and Brazilian development programs;

FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) is a privately-funded research centre;

ABDI (Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development): is a body connected to the Brazilian Ministry for the Economy and responsible for developing incentive programs and sharing knowledge with the industrial sector to improve efficiencies. 

TCU (Tribunal das Contas da União) is a government auditing body.


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World Bank: Jobs and growth: Brazil’s productivity agenda (2018);

Fundação Getúlio Vargas: Anatomia da Produtividade no Brasil (2017);

OECD: Economic Surveys Brazil (multiple years), Quantifying the Effects of Trade Liberalisation in Brazil: A Computable General Equilibrium Model (CGE) Simulation (2016), Brazil: A tale of two industries or how openness to trade matters (2016);

IPEA: Produtividade no Brasil: desempenho e determinantes, volume 2 (2015), Produtividade no Brasil: desempenho e determinantes, volume 1 (2014).



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BRA productivity growth graph‌ 


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 Latest OECD Recommendations


Stronger productivity will be key for strong and inclusive growth.  Productivity growth has collapsed. Raising it will depend on reforms to boost competition, lower trade barriers and administrative burdens and simplify indirect taxes.

  • Consolidate consumption taxes at the state and federal levels into one value added tax with a broad base, full refunds for input VAT paid and zero-rating for exports; 
  • Lower tariffs and scale back local content requirements;
  • Reduce barriers to entry due to administrative procedures;
  • Provide more training to officials involved in infrastructure structuring. Make wider use of BNDES’ technical capacity to assist public entities in project structuring, especially local governments;
  • Make wider use of public-private partnerships but ensure that all present and future liabilities are taken into account in a transparent way.


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