Professor Emeritus Peter Evans remembers Antônio Barros de Castro, highlighting the Brazilian economist’s contributions to our understanding of the world economy.
Antônio Barros de Castro was a master economist whose work has powerful implications, not just for our understanding of Brazilian development, but also for our understanding of the current global political economy and the policy responses appropriate to this new context. Castro’s arguments were consistently models of analytical rigor. He was a learned scholar, with a vast reservoir of historical evidence always at his fingertips, but never an ivory tower intellectual. Castro’s broad vision and extraordinary analytical capacities enabled him to hone concrete proposals that were credible, compelling, and feasible. Such a combination is hard to find in any discipline and, sadly, particularly difficult to find in the ranks of the contemporary economics profession.