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Rent Seeking and the Unveiling of 'De Facto' Institutions: Development and Colonial Heritage within Brazil

Joana Naritomi, Rodrigo R. Soares, Juliano J. Assunção

NBER Working Paper No. 13545
Issued in October 2007

---- Acknowledgments ----

The authors gratefully thank Flávia Chein Feres for essential help in managing and sharing the basic geo-referenced dataset on Brazilian municipalities, Cláudio Egler for providing the geo-referenced data on the coastline and the projection of the Brazilian map in kilometers, and Jesus Fernando Mansilla Baca for providing the data on temperatures and types of soil. The paper also benefited from comments and suggestions from Marcelo de Paiva Abreu, Roger Betancourt, Filipe Campante, Cláudio Ferraz, Karla Hoff, Peter Murrell, Edson Severnini, Dietrich Vollrath, and seminar participants at Columbia University, IMF, IPEA-Rio, PUC-Rio, Johns Hopkins University/Center for Global Development, University of Delaware, University of Houston, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Pittsburgh, World Bank, the 2007 Panel of the LACEA Political Economy Group (Cartagena), the 2007 NBER Summer Institute on Income Distribution and Macroeconomics (Cambridge), and the 2007 LACEA Annual Meeting (Bogotá). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the view of the institutions to which they are affiliated, or those of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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