Brazil's metro areas drive economy, report shows

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 17:15 hrs

A report by the Brookings Institution shows Brazil's 13 largest metropolitan areas are the country's economic engines, concentrating more than half of national GDP and driving their states forward.

The study by the think-tank's Metropolitan Policy Program was issued Friday during an international conference in Sao Paulo. The Institution analyzed for the first time economic and demographic data about Brazil's 13 most significant cities. A quick glance shows that with 33 percent of the population, they account for 56 percent of national GDP. They also concentrate half of the country's college graduates, and are responsible for at least 45 percent of their states' GDP.

These metro areas also have prominence globally: they're responsible for one-third of Brazil's exports.

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