Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Working PaperIndia’s political economy responses to the global food price shock of 2007–08: Learning some lessons
India’s policy responses to the food price crisis were strong. Exports of basic staples were banned. Domestic support prices of wheat and rice were raised substantially...Agriculture Food industry and trade Food security
VideoThe Impact of Policies on Inequality
Conference on Inequality—Measurement, trends, impacts, and policies - Parallel 3.3Inequality Measurement (Poverty) Foreign aid
Working PaperEstimation of substitution and transformation elasticities for South African trade
The objective of this paper is to estimate transformation and Armington substitution elasticities for South African trade. We use linear methods to estimate elasticities without growth factors...Economic growth Equations, Simultaneous International trade
Book ChapterRegional Integration in Africa
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2...Commerce Economies of scale International economic relations
Working PaperDo firms learn by exporting or learn to export? Evidence from Senegalese manufacturing plant
The increasing quantity of literature investigating the impact of trade openness on firm efficiency has not yet provided a definite prediction of the direction of causality...International trade Manufacturing
Book ChapterHow Does Colonial Origin Matter for Economic Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This paper investigates some of the existing hypotheses regarding the transmission of different colonial legacies to modern day economic growth...Decolonization Economic development Education
Book ChapterDoes Foreign Aid Support Democracy Development?: Aid, Democracy, and Instability from Trade
This study revisits the effect of aid on the quality of institutions and examines the effects of a major source of instability, namely terms-of-trade instability, on the quality of democracy...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid International trade
Book ChapterOutfits: Narrowly Tailored Laws that Harm Instead of Help: A Case Study of Liberia’s Telecommunication Laws
The telecommunications sector in Africa presents many exciting prospects to international investors—indeed many billion dollar projects are already underway across the continent...International law International trade Negotiation
Book ChapterExchange Rate Regimes and Trade: Is Africa Different?
This chapter revisits the link between exchange rate regimes and trade in the context of Africa’s exchange rate arrangements...Foreign exchange International trade
Working PaperThreshold and Interaction Effects in the Trade, Growth, and Inequality Relationship
This paper examines the relationship between trade (exports), growth, and inequality, using a panel of 100 countries over 30 years (1980 to 2010)...Econometric models (Economic development) Economic growth Equality and inequality
BlogAfrica's Failure to Industrialize: Bad Luck or Bad Policy?
16 December 2014 John Page On 20 November 2014 the United Nations celebrated the 25th Africa Industrialization Day. But perhaps ‘celebrate’ is not exactly the right word...Competition Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Working PaperA Natural Experiment of Industrial Policy: Floriculture and the Metal and Engineering Industries in Ethiopia
Ethiopia represents an excellent case study of recent industrial policy experimentation in Africa. The country is well known for its successful promotion of the cut-flower industry through business-government co-ordination...Agriculture Government business enterprises Industrial policy
Working PaperScoping Paper on Industry in Senegal
Senegal is a typical sub-Saharan economy, which conducted an import substitution policy over 1960-86, followed by a policy of support for the private sector and liberalization of the economy...Economic growth Industrial policy International trade
Working PaperIt Worked in China, so Why not in Africa?: The Political Economy Challenge of Special Economic Zones
African countries have sought to replicate the success of East Asia by implementing special economic zones...Economic growth Industrial policy International trade
Research BriefInternational Economic Integration and Growth in Latin America
Integration of Latin America into the international economy over the past quarter century has led to faster export growth, but not to faster GDP or productivity growth Contrary to mainstream analysis, under the current market reforms countries have u...Economic integration Foreign exchange International trade
Working PaperSupply-Side Constraints, Capital Goods Imports, and the Quality of Sub-Saharan African Countries’ Exports
In the last decade, a large portion of capital goods imports of Sub-Saharan African countries is telecommunications equipment, and China is now the main source of equipment for 30 Sub-Saharan African countries...Capital Economic growth International trade