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Agricultural Commodity Price Shocks and Their Effect on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Addison, Tony
  • Ghoshray, Atanu

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Commodity price shocks are an important type of external shock and are often cited as a problem for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper quantifies the impact of agricultural commodity price shocks using a near vector autoregressive model. The novel aspect of this model is that we define an auxiliary variable that can potentially capture the definition of a price shock that allows us to determine whether the response of per capita Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in sub-Saharan Africa to these price shocks is asymmetric. We find that there is evidence of such asymmetric responses to commodity price shocks.

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  • Addison, Tony & Ghoshray, Atanu, 2013. "Agricultural Commodity Price Shocks and Their Effect on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 098, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    Agriculture; Econometric models (Economic development); Macroeconomics;

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    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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