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On the Growth Performance of Sub-Saharan African Countries

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  • Busse, Matthias

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The article discusses some of the most important reasons for the poor growth performance of most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. While high protection levels in high-income countries in Europe and North America for agricultural trade have been cited as a major impediment for the development of African countries, they are unlikely to play a major role. Rather, a lack of integration into world markets and the relatively poor quality of African institutions are more likely to explain the low growth rates.

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Article provided by Food and Agriculture Organization, Agricultural and Development Economics Division in its journal eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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Handle: RePEc:ags:ejadef:93797

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Keywords: agriculture; growth; institutions; sub-Saharan Africa; trade; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Agricultural Finance; Community/Rural/Urban Development; International Development; International Relations/Trade; Political Economy; N17; O43;

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