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Untangling the Quality of Governance from the Level of Income: Are Sub-Saharan African Countries Governed Differently?

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  • Erich Gundlach
  • Susanne Hartmann

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This paper considers the argument about whether Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are mainly poor because they are governed worse than other countries, as suggested by recent studies on the leading role of institutions. Our empirical results show that the supremacy of institutions does not hold: SSA countries appear to face specific development problems in addition to weak institutions. Given their geographic and economic constraints, we conclude that SSA countries are on average no worse governed than other comparable countries. Our finding supports the basic argument of the UN Millennium Project report (2005). Cet article analyse l'hypoth�se selon laquelle les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne (ASS) seraient plus pauvres parce qu'ils sont plus mal gouvern�s que d'autres comme le sugg�rent des �tudes r�centes portant sur la supr�matie des institutions. Nos r�sultats empiriques montrent que l'argument de la supr�matie des institutions ne tient pas. Au-del� des probl�mes li�s � des institutions faibles, les pays d'ASS semblent rencontrer des probl�mes de d�veloppement sp�cifiques. Etant donn� leurs contraintes g�ographiques et �conomiques, nous concluons que les pays d'ASS, en moyenne, ne sont pas plus mal gouvern�s que d'autres pays comparables. Nos r�sultats vont dans le m�me sens qu'un rapport r�cent des Nations Unies (UN Millennium Project 2005).

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Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal The European Journal of Development Research.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 503-528

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  1. Thiele, Rainer & Nunnenkamp, Peter & Dreher, Axel, 2006. "Sectoral aid priorities: Are donors really doing their best to achieve the millennium development goals?," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 3881, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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