Economic research institutions, policy discourse, and channels of influence in Brazil (1995 – 2005)

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Title: Economic research institutions, policy discourse, and channels of influence in Brazil (1995 – 2005)
Author: Vavrus, Joseph Edward
Abstract: In this thesis , I study the economic policy models supported by influential academic economists in Brazil over the eleven years following the implementation of the Plano Real . I focus on two economic research institutions : the Economics Department at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC -Rio ) and the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA ) . I first show how economists affiliated with these institutions were in a position to influence policy due to their prestige , academic power , and strong formal and informal ties to the policymaking bureaucracy . I then analyze working papers published by PUC -Rio and IPEA from 1995 -2005 and show that the institutions produce three distinct , coherent economic policy discourses . I conclude by showing parallels between economic policy outcomes in Brazil during the period and the economic policy ideas found in the working papers .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1291
Date: 2010-10-29

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Economic research institutions, policy discourse, and channels of influence in Brazil (1995 – 2005). Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1291 .

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