Trust and Economic Growth in Brazil


The conference, conducted in Portuguese, explored why certain regions of Brazil have more social capital, such as personal security, than others, and why Brazil and other Latin American societies have failed to build as much social capital as other Western societies.


Conference Readings

Zak, Paul J. and Stephen Knack. "Trust and Growth," September 18, 1998.

Assunção Ferreira, Joaquim de. Estatuto Jurídico dos Judeus e Mouros na Idade Média Portuguesa. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Editora, 2006.

Banfield, Edward C. The Moral Basis of a Backward Society. New York: Free Press, 1958.

Bethencourt, Francisco. The Inquisition: A Global History, 1478-1834. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Freyre, Gilberto. The Mansions and the Shanties: The Making of Modern Brazil. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

Murphy, James Bernard. A Genealogy of Violence and Religion: Rene Girard in Dialogue. Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press, 2018.

Netanyahu, Benzion. The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain. New York: Random House, Inc., 1995.

North, Douglass C. Transaction Costs, Institutions, and Economic Performance. San Francisco: International Center for Economic Growth, 1992.

Novinsky, Anita, Daniela Levy, Eneida Ribeiro, and Lina Gorenstein. Os Judeus que construíram o Brasil: Fontes inéditas para uma nova visão da história. São Paulo: Editora Planeta do Brasil, 2016.

Peyrefitte, Alain. A Sociedade de Confiança. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget, 1995.

Schwarcz, Lilia M. and Heloisa M. Starling. Brazil: A Biography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.