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Convergence of per capita incomes and agricultural productivity in Africa

  • Angela Lusigi

    (Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, University of Reading, UK)

  • Jenifer Piesse

    (Department of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK)

  • Colin Thirtle

    (Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, University of Reading, UK)

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    This study is an investigation of convergence in per capita incomes and total factor productivity (TFP) for agriculture in the African continent. The concept of convergence, which is a basic prediction of the neoclassical growth model, has been shown to have considerable explanatory power. Here, the hypotheses of absolute and conditional convergence are tested for incomes and agricultural TFP using a panel of data for 32 African countries. Two methods of testing for convergence are applied. Both show that for this sample, conditional &bgr; convergence holds for the two growth measures and that education and investment appear to be the most important conditioning variables. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 10 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 105-115

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