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African Development: Beyond Income Convergence

  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

In examining some big questions on African development, we provide evidence that dynamics of some development indicators could support both endogenous and neoclassical growth theories in the convergence debate. This paper investigates convergence in real per capita GDP and inequality adjusted human development in 38 African countries, disaggregated into 10 homogenous panels based on regions (Sub-Saharan and North Africa), income-levels (low, middle, lower-middle and upper-middle), legal-origins (English common-law and French civil-law) and religious dominations (Christianity and Islam). The main finding is that the income component of the human development index moves slower than others in the convergence process and thus requires a more focused policy intervention. As a policy implication, looking beyond income convergence can provide a concrete agenda for development involving all aspects of economic, institutional and social life.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 12/002.

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Date of creation: 19 Jan 2012
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Publication status: Published in the South African Journal of Economics
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