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Investment in Africa's Manufacturing Sector: A Four Country Panel Data Analysis

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  • Arne Bigsten
  • Paul Collier
  • Stefan Dercon
  • Bernard Gauthier
  • Jan Willem Gunning
  • Anders Isaksson
  • Abena Oduro
  • Remco Oostendorp
  • Cathy Pattilo
  • Mans Soderbom
  • Michel Sylvain
  • Francis Teal
  • Albert Zeufack

Abstract

Firm level data for the manufacturing sector in Africa, presented in this paper, shows very low levels of investment. The importance of profit effects on investment is investigated using a flexible accelerator, a specification based on the Euler equation and a simple generalisation of these specificiations. There are controls for firm fixed effects. It is shown that the profit effect is very similar for both the accelerator and Euler equation specifications. A comparison with other studies shows that, for small firms, the effect is much smaller in Africa than for other countries. Reasons for the relative insensitivity of investment to profits in African firms are suggested. For the most general specification tested there are no significant differences in the size of the profit effect across the four countries in the study.

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  • Arne Bigsten & Paul Collier & Stefan Dercon & Bernard Gauthier & Jan Willem Gunning & Anders Isaksson & Abena Oduro & Remco Oostendorp & Cathy Pattilo & Mans Soderbom & Michel Sylvain & Francis Teal &, 1999. "Investment in Africa's Manufacturing Sector: A Four Country Panel Data Analysis," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 61(4), pages 489-512, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:61:y:1999:i:4:p:489-512
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-0084.00140
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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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