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Werner BAER

Werner BAER, German economist in the field of International Investment and Foreign Aid; Economic Studies of Developing Countries; Inflation and Deflation. Rhodes Fellow, University Oxford, 1975; Gold Medal Award, Federal University Pernambuco, Brazil, 1981; Brazil’s Order Southern Cross, 1982.

Background

  • BAER, Werner was born in 1931 in Offenbach, W. Germany.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Queens College, 1953. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy Harvard University, 1955, 1958.

    Career

    • Instructor, Harvard University, 1958-1961. Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1961-1965. Association Professor, Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1965-1969, 1969-1974.

      Visiting Professor, University Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1966-1968, Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, 1966-1968. Visiting Scholar, Brazilian Planning Ministry, 1975, Brazilian Census Bureau, 1978. Professor of Economics, University Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America, since 1974.

      Editorial Board, World Development, Cambridge Latin American Studies (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1977-1982), Luso-Brasilian Review, Revista Paraguaya de Estudios Sociologicos, Revista Latinoamericana de Historia Economica y Social.

    Major achievements

    • Rhodes Fellow, University Oxford, 1975. Gold Medal Award, Federal University Pernambuco, Brazil, 1981. Brazil’s Order Southern Cross, 1982.

    Works

    • The Brazilian Economy: Growth and Development
    • In this thorough description and analysis of Latin America s largest economy, Werner Baer traces the trajectory of Brazil s economic development and performance from the colonial period through the early years (2011-2012) of the administration of Dilma Rousseff.
    • The Brazilian Economy: Growth and Development
    • Bringing the analysis of Brazil's economic performance up to date, Baer's classic text remains the only book in English to provide a thorough historical, statistical, and institutional description of the Brazilian economy.

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    My major interest has been and still is the process of import-substitution industrialisation in Latin America. In my earlier work I concentrated on analysing import substitution policies, their justification based on the Prebisch-type of critique of traditional trade theory, their success in stimulating growth and their negative side-effects — penalising agriculture, increasing the concentration of income, worsening regional disequilibria, and contributing to inflationary pressures. In more recent years I have concentrated on studying the nature of post-import substitution economies — the role of state enterprises and banks.

    The changing role of multinationals and domestic private firms. The successes and failures of indexing as a measure to cope with inflation. The use of tax and credit incentives to remedy resource misallocation resulting from import substitution.

    And the role of the service sector in the development process. The latter studies have convinced me that economists have to adapt their theories to the behaviour pattern of institutions and individuals in newly industrialised countries.

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