Greening Africa? Technologies, endowments and the latecomer effect
AbstractAfrica is well endowed with potential for hydro and solar power, but its other endowments – shortages of capital, skills, and governance capacity – make most of the green options relatively expensive, while its abundance of hydro-carbons makes fossil fuels relatively cheap. Current power shortages make expansion of power capacity a priority. Africa’s endowments, and the consequent scarcities and relative prices, are not immutable and can be changed to bring opportunity costs in Africa closer to those in the rest of the world. The international community can support by increasing Africa’s supply of the scarce factors of capital, skills, and governance.
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Africa; climate change; energy; renewable; leapfrog; latecomer;
Other versions of this item:
- Collier, Paul & Venables, Anthony J., 2012. "Greening Africa? Technologies, endowments and the latecomer effect," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(S1), pages S75-S84.
- Paul Collier & Anthony J. Venables, 2012. "Greening Africa? Technologies, endowments and the latecomer effect," CSAE Working Paper Series 2012-06, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
- Paul Collier & Tony Venables, 2012. "Greening Africa? Technologies, endowments and the latecomer effect," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/2012-06, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
- Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters
- Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
- Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
- O55 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2012-06-25 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2012-06-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-2012-06-25 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2012-06-25 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-RES-2012-06-25 (Resource Economics)
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