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Low Investment Is Not the Constraint on African Development

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  • Devarajan, Shantayanan
  • Easterly, William R
  • Pack, Howard

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While many analysts decry the lack of sufficient investment in Africa, we find no evidence that private and public investment are productive, either in Africa as a whole (unless Botswana is included in the sample), or in the manufacturing sector in Tanzania. In this restricted sense, inadequate investment is not the major obstacle to African economic development.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Volume (Year): 51 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 547-71

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:ecdecc:y:2003:v:51:i:3:p:547-71

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