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ANNO 2009

CREDIT CONCENTRATION OF BRAZILIAN RURAL ACTIVITIES FROM 2000 TO 2007 Titolo CREDIT CONCENTRATION OF BRAZILIAN RURAL ACTIVITIES FROM 2000 TO 2007
Autore Humberto Francisco Silva Spolador and Roberto Arruda de Souza Lima    
Abstract

This paper aims to analyze the degree of concentration of loans allocated to agricultural and livestock activities in Brazil for the period 2000-2007 and to assess the distribution pattern of credit among the states, analyzing the extent to which the volume of distributed credit is proportional to the states share of production and harvest areas, regarding agriculture, and the participation of each state in the total Brazilian livestock. The results suggest that rural credit still remains concentrated in states of the Southern and Southeastern regions, although there has been a credit decentralization during the current decade in favor of agricultural frontier in parts of Central and North regions of Brazil.


JEL classification: E51, G21, L11
Keywords: rural credit, concentration, distribution, Theil index.




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