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This system ensured for the ruling classes in all the regions the ot capital during this period; its beneficiaries were certain immediate satisfaction of their interests. While the capitalist organization employers. This was the cause of the extraordinary growth thus fixed the geo­ groups at home and abroad. The concentration of wealth graphical boundaries of industrial development it tended of among a few also prodoced a large number of industrial necessiry to reduce the labour force employed.

Their joint capi tal amounted to no less than 301'9 thousand million cruzeiros, or 46'3 per cent of the whole capital of these 6,818 companies. On the division of this sum between national and foreign capital ili� L'QudusiulI$ of the inquiry were as follows : Among the 66 companies and economic groups showing the highest concentrations of capital the foreign under­ takings were the most numerous (31); the total sum of their capital reacbed 101·8 thomand million cruzeiros (34 per cent). The national companies or groups numbered 1 9 with a capita] of 39 thousand million cruzeiros (II per cent).

By fostering contacts within the governing class, was a factor in revealing clearly the identity of interests between the different parts of this class which hitherto had acted independently of each other. At the same time migration within the country increased enormously; n i this way the regions undergOing rapid indus­ trial expansion were provided with a work force from the surplus of other regions. During the subsequent periods this was an important factor in the maintenance of wage levels, keeping them low in the industrial sectors.

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