Commodity Chains: What Can We Learn from a Business History of the Rubber Chain? (1870-1910)
48 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 1, 2010
The literature on the rubber boom applied a Dependendist view of rubber production in the Brazilian Amazon. Even though a sizable surplus was generated in the rubber chain, it was mostly appropriated by foreigners. This view is in tune with the Global Commodity Chain approach that argues that manufacturing/core economies absorb the bulk of surplus generated in the commodity chain. This paper challenges both frameworks and asks for a more careful examination of the business history of commodity chains: it is a first step in this direction through an analysis of the relationship between two nodes of the rubber chain.
Keywords: Rubber, Commodities, Commodity Chains, Business History, Amazon Region, Brazil.
JEL Classification: L1, L2, L73, N56, N86.
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