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Learning by doing in sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Ghana

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  • Patricia Jones

    (Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)

  • Abigail Barr

    (Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)

Abstract

There has been interest in the implications of learning by doing, and in particular in the possibility that learning by doing may be slower in less developed countries and in industries which use simpler technologies. This paper uses firm-level data from Ghana to estimate learning-by-doing effects and generates three main findings. First, the learning curve, though present, is flatter in Ghana than in developed countries. Second, any industry-wide spillovers are small and insignificant. Third, (contrary to the assumption of much theory) learning-by-doing effects are stronger at low levels of technology than at intermediate levels.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 8 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 445-466

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:8:y:1996:i:3:p:445-466

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  1. Mario Biggeri & Danilo Gambelli & Christine Phillips, 1999. "Small and medium enterprise theory: evidence for Chinese TVEs," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(2), pages 197-219.
  2. Jones, Patricia, 2001. "Are educated workers really more productive?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 57-79, February.

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