Werner Baer Awarded Brazilian Studies Association Lifetime Contribution Award

Werner Baer, the Jorge Lemann Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Brazilian Studies Association’s Lifetime Contribution Award.

Economist Werner Baer has been named the 2010 recipient of the Brazilian Studies Association’s Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA).

BRASA’s LCA recognizes Dr. Baer as a leader in the field of Brazilian studies in the United States for his record of outstanding scholarly achievements, for his significant contributions to the promotion of Brazilian Studies in this country, and for his training of many economists who have gone on to hold prestigious positions in academia, government, and the private sector.

Dr. Baer was recognized in a ceremony on July 24, 2010, at BRASA’s Tenth International Congress, held in Brasília. BRASA presented Dr. Baer with a plaque of appreciation for his lifelong commitment to research and teaching on the Brazilian economy, and Professor Baer addressed the congress. A selection of prominent economists—both academic and non-academic—commented on his many achievements and contributions.

Professor Baer’s research and writing focus primarily on the areas of industrialization, growth and economic development, public policy, inflation, and income distribution and equity.

He has a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, including such books as Industrialization and Economic Development in Brazil (1965),The Development of the Brazilian Steel Industry (1970) The Brazilian Economy: Its Growth and Development (1979), now in its sixth edition, as well as a lengthy stream of articles on a diverse range of economic and policy issues.

One of the unique aspects of Baer’s work is the link he makes between historical, social, and institutional legacies of the Brazilian past and his direct and ongoing engagement with the most current issues of economic and public policy.

He has served on the editorial boards of the Luso-Brazilian Review, Emerging Markets Review, Economia Aplicada, Latin American Business Review, Revista Latinoamericana de Historica Economica y Social, Revista Paraguaya de Estudios Sociologicos, Latin American Research Review, and World Development.

He has taught at Yale (1961-65), Vanderbilt (1965-74), and the University of Illinois (1974-present), and he served as a program advisor for the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro from 1967 to 1976. He has encouraged large numbers of young people to enter Brazilian studies and has recruited many, from both the United States and Brazil, to undertake doctoral studies in economics under his direction.

Professor Baer’s multiple contributions have been widely recognized in Brazil. He has received the prestigious Rio Branco Medal from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (December 2000), the Medalha de Honra da Inconfidência from the state of Minas Gerais (1995), and the National Order of the Southern Cross from the government of Brazil (1982).

BRASA’s Lifetime Contribution Award Committee, consisting of Vice President Randal Johnson and BRASA members Jan Hoffman French, Ana López, William Smith and Bryan McCann received numerous nominations for this prestigious award. The nomination was ratified by the BRASA Executive Committee.