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Meditating on "Slow Growth in Africa" - New Evidence or Just Ol' Stuff?

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  • V. Heinrich Amavilah

    (Glendale College)

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This abstract will be reformatted upon submission. You don't need to format for line-breaks here!!!!! This will be a new paragraph but you can't indent - sorry. Now remember the good old days of cards. Punched holes in The Journal of Economic Perspectives (Summer, 1999: 3-114) published a collection of symposium papers on “Slow Growth in Africa”. Clearly the collection added volume to Africa’s literature on the subject. However, the different opinions the papers expressed did little to enhance current understanding of Africa’s economic performance, mainly because the papers paint very different pictures of the same object. This short statement meditates on those papers. First, it summarizes the main conclusions of each paper. Second, it comments broadly on those papers as it seeks to understand if there is new evidence on economic performance in Africa or just ol’ stuff. Finally, it sketches one possible way for further research.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0307003.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jul 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0307003

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Keywords: slow economic growth in Africa; effects of destinies; resource interactions and intra-actions.;

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  1. Thorvaldur Gylfason & Gylfi Zoega, 2002. "Natural Resources And Economic Growth: The Role Of Investment," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 142, Central Bank of Chile.
  2. Schultz, T.P., 2000. "Health and Schooling Investments in Africa," Papers 549, Yale - Economic Growth Center.
  3. Benno J. Ndulu & Stephen A. O'Connell, 1999. "Governance and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(3), pages 41-66, Summer.
  4. Angus Deaton, 1999. "Commodity Prices and Growth in Africa," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(3), pages 23-40, Summer.
  5. Edward E. Leamer, 1982. "Let's Take the Con Out of Econometrics," UCLA Economics Working Papers 239, UCLA Department of Economics.
  6. Paul Collier & Jan Willem Gunning, 1999. "Why Has Africa Grown Slowly?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(3), pages 3-22, Summer.
  7. Sachs, Jeffrey D. & Warner, Andrew M., 1999. "The big push, natural resource booms and growth," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 43-76, June.
  8. John Sender, 1999. "Africa's Economic Performance: Limitations of the Current Consensus," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(3), pages 89-114, Summer.
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