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The contribution of income, social capital, and institutions to human well-being in Africa

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  • Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina
  • Lutz, Stefan H.

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Using cross-sectional time series data from a large group of African countries, we examine the effects of income, institutions and social capital—with emphasis on the latter—on literacy and life expectancy. The empirical results confirm that income has a positive contribution. We also show that an improvement in institutions has positive influence on literacy but does not seem to affect life expectancy. Moreover, we find that the interaction between good institutions and high social capital produces a positive contribution to human well-being. This result suggests that social capital and institutions are complements, and underscores the important role of institutions. --

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Paper provided by ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn in its series ZEI Working Papers with number B 07-2004.

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  3. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz & George Mavrotas, 2009. "Aid Effectiveness: Looking at the Aid-Social Capital-Growth Nexus," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(s1), pages 510-525, 08.
  4. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Human Recognition and its Role in Economic Development: A Descriptive Review," Working Papers 2011-08, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.

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