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Gustavo Britto has been a full time professor at the Department of Economics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) since 2008.

He is currently Vice-Director at the Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar-UFMG), Editor of Nova Economia Journal, and member of the board of Graduate Studies of the Postgraduate Programme in Economics at Cedeplar-UFMG [University Management].

He was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 2008, in Regional Growth, Land Economy Department. In 2002, he received a M.A. in Economics from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), and a B.A. in Economics from UFMG (1998) [Academic degrees].

At UFMG, lecturing responsibilities include, among others, Development Economics courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Economics at the Faculty of Economics (UFMG).

His is also a researcher at the Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar). His main theme of investigation is the multidimensional relationship between structural change and economic development over time and across the territory.

Current research topics, [publications], and [supervisions] include: economic development and structural change,  economic complexity and economic development, technological change and productivity growth, productive and regional diversification, increasing returns to scale and technological change, balance of payments constrained growth.

Research results can be found in journals such as The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Metroeconomica, Scientometrics, Journal Post Keynesian Economics, Journal of Political Economy, PSL Quarterly Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Cepal Review, among others.