A West Virginia University audience will be given an insightful glimpse into a range of factors that influence the economy of Brazil at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 when a distinguished visiting expert in that country’s regional economies makes a formal presentation.

Carlos Roberto Azzoni, professor of economics at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be the guest speaker for the next seminar sponsored by the WVU Regional Research Institute in Room 324, Brooks Hall.

Azzoni, who has published seven books and more than 60 scientific papers in Brazilian and international refereed academic journals, will speak on “Concentration and Inequality Across Brazilian Regions.”

Azzoni’s area of research is regional growth and development, including regional aspects of climate change. His presentation deals with the general trends of economic concentration and inequality across Brazilian regions.

“The evolution of productivity in agriculture, manufacturing and tertiary activities reveals that the traditional areas still keep their competitive position even after many changes in the country’s economy,” Azzoni writes in his abstract for the talk. “Recent reductions in regional disparities are highlighted, and the possible role of social policies, such as a massive cash transference program, are explored.”

Azzoni is a full professor of economics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was department chairman (economics), associate dean and dean of the faculty of economics, administration and accounting.

He is currently the distinguished visiting professor of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois. He was visiting professor at Cornell University and Ohio State University. He holds his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Sao Paulo. He has chaired the Regional Planning Division of the State of Sao Paulo Secretary of Planning.

Azzoni has participated in more than 120 international conferences in economics and regional science. He was the founder of the Brazilian Section of the Regional Science Association International and is currently a member of the Scientific Council of that organization. He has served on the Council of the Regional Science Association International. He has worked as consultant for many Brazilian and international organizations in both the private and public sectors.

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CONTACT: Cagan McKenzie, Regional Research Institute
304.293.2897, cagan.mckenzie@mail.wvu.edu

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