A comparative study of urban occupational structures: Brazil and United States

Clauber Eduardo Marchezan Scherer, Pedro Vasconcelos Maia Do Amaral, David Folch

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This paper compares the occupational structure of cities in Brazil and United States aiming to evaluate the extent to which the economic structure of these urban agglomerations is associated with the different stages of development, specifically when comparing a rich country with a developing one. Using a harmonized occupational database and microdata from the Brazilian 2010 Demographic Census and the U.S. American Community Survey (2008-2012), results show that Brazilian cities have a stronger connection between population size, both with occupational structure and human capital distribution, than the one found for cities in the United States. These findings suggest a stronger primacy of large cities in Brazil’s urban network and a more unequal distribution of economic activity across cities when compared to USA, indicating a strong correlation between development and occupational structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0097
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalRevista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao
StatePublished - 2019


  • Brazil
  • City network
  • Occupational structure
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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