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Diversity Indices of Technical Capability of 14 African Countries

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  • Voxi Heinrich Amavilah

    (REEPS & Glendale College)

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I outline four, and calculate two, broad indices of the diversity of technical capability of 14 African countries based on nine common descriptors of technical capability. I find technical capability to be heterogenous, and conclude that performance policies that ignore technical diversity of capability are potentially misleading, ineffective, and perhaps even damaging.

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  • Voxi Heinrich Amavilah, 2005. "Diversity Indices of Technical Capability of 14 African Countries," Development and Comp Systems 0502004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0502004
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    Keywords

    diversity indices; technical capability; diversity technical capability;

    JEL classification:

    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • O49 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Other
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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