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Tanzania’s Growth Process and Success in Reducing Poverty

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  • Volker Treichel

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Since 1995, Tanzania has made major progress in economic reform and macroeconomic stabilization, resulting in strong growth and low inflation. This paper reviews Tanzania's growth performance and prospects and assesses the impact of growth on poverty. It finds that growth has been increasingly driven by higher factor productivity and that a continuation of recent policies should allow Tanzania to grow above 5 percent a year over the medium term. Furthermore, it finds that growth since 1995 has resulted in a significant decline of poverty and that prospects are favorable for Tanzania to attain its objectives for reducing income poverty by 2015.

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  • Volker Treichel, 2005. "Tanzania’s Growth Process and Success in Reducing Poverty," IMF Working Papers 05/35, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/35
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    1. Hazel Gray, 2013. "Industrial policy and the political settlement in Tanzania: aspects of continuity and change since independence," Review of African Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(136), pages 185-201, June.
    2. Sebastian Edwards, 2014. "Is Tanzania a Success Story? A Long-Term Analysis," NBER Chapters,in: African Successes, Volume I: Government and Institutions, pages 357-432 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Jack A. Goldstone & Korotaev, Andrey & Zinkina, Yulia, 2015. "Political Demography of the World Economy: Tropical Africa," Published Papers mn45, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
    4. Nkunde Mwase, 2006. "An Empirical Investigation of the Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Inflation in Tanzania," IMF Working Papers 06/150, International Monetary Fund.
    5. Mintewab Bezabih & Muyeye Chambwera & Jesper Stage, 2011. "Climate change and total factor productivity in the Tanzanian economy," Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(6), pages 1289-1302, November.
    6. Li, Ying & Rowe, Francis, 2007. "Aid inflows and the real effective exchange rate in Tanzania," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4456, The World Bank.
    7. repec:nbr:nberch:13442 is not listed on IDEAS

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