Pork Barrel and Local Development: The allocation of Federal Resources to where they are needed?

Prof. Carlos Pereira
Dr. Lucio Renno

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the allocation and distribution of local policies crafted by Brazilian legislators’ as amendments to the annual budget. We analyze the local push and pull factors that affect a municipality’s likelihood of receiving federal monies through legislative initiatives to the annual budget well known as pork barrel policies. Federal Deputies in Brazil can distribute resources to any locality they desire. But this allocation also depends on the technical evaluation provided by ministries, through which funds are finally allocated.