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Why is Africa so Poor? A Structural Model of Economic Development and Income Inequality

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  • David Fielding

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The paper extends existing work on inequality and economic development by estimating a cross-country structural model that identifies bi-directional relationships between income inequality and other indicators of social and economic development. Overall, lower inequality is associated with improvements in other development indicators, but this is the result of several complex interactions. The most striking feature of the structural model is the insight it provides into the reasons behind the negative “Africa dummy†in previous cross-country growth studies.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number WPS/2001-05.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2000
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:wps/2001-05

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Keywords: income distribution; social and economic development;

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  1. Barro, Robert J, 1991. "Economic Growth in a Cross Section of Countries," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 106(2), pages 407-43, May.
  2. Collier, Paul & Hoeffler, Anke, 1998. "On Economic Causes of Civil War," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 50(4), pages 563-73, October.
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  1. Frankema, Ewout & Bolt, Jutta, 2006. "Measuring and Analysing Educational Inequality: The Distribution of Grade Enrolment Rates in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa," GGDC Research Memorandum GD-86, Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen.
  2. Gary G. Moser & Toshihiro Ichida, 2001. "Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa," IMF Working Papers 01/112, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Angela Akorsu, 2013. "Labour Standards Application In The Informal Economy Of Ghana: The Patterns And Pressures," Economic Annals, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, vol. 58(196), pages 157-176, January â.

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