Brazilian disease

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Brazilian disease is a phrase in economics to describe the situation in which the Brazilian real has strengthened (trading at around R$1.95 to the US dollar) on high prices for commodities such as soybeans, making Brazilian exports of manufactured goods uncompetitive in foreign markets.[1] The term was coined to compare the economic situation facing Brazilian exports in the late 2000s to Dutch disease, an older term referring to similar conditions faced in the Netherlands in the 1960s and 1970s due to massive natural gas exports. The term "Brazilian disease" has not been widely used in economic literature or the news media.

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  1. ^ Wheatley, Jonathan (2007-09-03). "A real problem?". The Financial Times.