Economic Performance in the Americas
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Economic Performance in the Americas

The Role of the Service Sector in Brazil, Mexico and the USA

Nanno Mulder

Economic Performance in the Americas compares the economic performances of Brazil, Mexico and the USA over the past half century. As with most other high and middle-income countries their economies are service-sector orientated and have been for several decades. This book encompasses all sectors of the economy but focuses primarily on services, analysing both the main trends in the various service industries in Brazil and Mexico and the underlying forces shaping their huge expansion.
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Nanno Mulder


My research has benefited enormously fiom the help of various academics and statisticians. I am particularly grateful to Eduardo Pereira Nunes and Regis Bonelli in Brazil, Victor Urquidi, Enrique Hernandez Laos and Ruud Buitelaar in Mexico, and Al Madansky and Micheal Ward in the USA. I thank the members of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, E3art van Ark, Andrd Hohan, Remco Kouwenhoven, Dirk Pilat, M a d Timmer and AdamSzinnai, whose comments and suggestions have been very useful. I acknowledge in particular Bart van Ark’s advice on the adaptation of the ICOP approach to services and his suggestions on Chapters 2 and 3. I also very much appreciate the comments Ronald Albers, Banard Chane Kune, Niels Hermes, Nina Kousnetzo~Sarah Pressman, Isabelle Rabaud, Jan Pieter Smits, Daan van Soest, Cor van Stralen and Albert de Vaal. I a grateful far comments received at m seminars at the Brazilian Institute for Economic Research (IPEA), Institute of Social Studies, Inter-American Development Bank, University of Chicago, Ltn ai America University for Social Sciences (FLACSO), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the NBER conference ‘International and Interarea Comparisons of Prices, Income and Output’ and at meetings of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth. I thank Edwin Evers f a his editorial help, and Laure Boivin for her excellent help in the layout of the text. Thanks to Sylvie Montout and Luis Peres Lopes for letting me use the h i t s of our research. I owe thanks to the...

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