|THE ROLE OF RAILROADS IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTHERN BRAZIL: PARANA, RIO GRANDE do SOL, AND SANTA CATARINA STATES
This research examines the role of railroads in the economic development of southern Brazil. For purposes of this research, southern Brazil is defined as the three southernmost states in the country, which are Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina (Ashford, 1991). The period of interest examined extends through 1930.
Economic Growth and Development
Economic growth is defined in positive terms as the rate of change in gross national product (GNP). Within this definition, a decline in GNP would be referred to as negative growth. There are two general types of economic growth. Ex