Structuring investment and regional inequalities in the Brazilian Northeast

Luiz Carlos De Santana Ribeiro, Edson Paulo Domingues, Fernando Salgueiro Perobelli, Geoffrey John Dennis Hewings

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Structuring investment and regional inequalities in the Brazilian Northeast. Regional Studies. This paper evaluates the long-run regional impacts of the construction of three oil refineries proposed for Brazil’s Northeast (NE) region. A dynamic, interregional computable general equilibrium (CGE) model was developed, with 28 regions in the NE and the rest of Brazil and 30 sectors. The database construction methodology could be applied to any other country. The main results of the refinery investment simulations in the NE indicate positive impacts in all regions. However, the construction and operation of these three refineries would generate an increase in intraregional inequalities. On the other hand, in the long run, these investments could contribute to the NE gaining an increased relative share of Brazilian gross domestic product (GDP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-739
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 4 2018


  • Brazilian Northeast
  • computable general equilibrium (CGE)
  • regional inequalities
  • structuring investment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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