On the Brazilian ground-rent appropriated by landowners

Vol. 35 No. 4 (2015)

Oct-Dec / 2015
Published October 1, 2015

How to Cite

Grinberg, Nicolas. 2015. “On the Brazilian Ground-Rent Appropriated by Landowners”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 35 (4):799-824. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572015v35n04a07.

On the Brazilian ground-rent appropriated by landowners

Nicolas Grinberg
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES ) de la Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM ).
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 35 No. 4 (2015), Oct-Dec / 2015, Pages 799-824


This paper presents a measurement of the portion of the Brazilian ground-rent appropriated by agrarian landowners during 1955-2005 and assesses its importance relative to other forms of surplus value appropriated in the Brazilian economy. In pursuing this task, the paper also puts forward original estimations of several time-series that are crucial for the study of Brazilian long-term growth and development. Finally, the paper combines the measurements obtained here with those advanced in Grinberg (2008; 2013b) to present an approximation to the evolution of the total Brazilian ground-rent during 1955-2005. The appendix presents the sources and methodology used for the estimations.

JEL Classification: N5; Q1; O1.

Keywords: Brazil economic development ground-rent