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– How can natural resources support inclusive growth in Africa
John Page, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

For a growing number of countries in Africa the discovery of natural resources is a great opportunity, but one accompanied by considerable risks. There is an extensive literature linking natural resource dependence to poor economic performance. One cause is that resource-abundant economies tend...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– The role of firm-level relationships for knowledge transfers in Africa and Asia
Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Måns Söderbom, Abebe Shimeles, Finn Tarp - Journal of Development Studies, 2020

This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinationals (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliates as suppliers, customers, or competitors, to...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Natural Resources and Industry in Africa
John Page, Finn Tarp - Oxford University Press, 2020

For a growing number of countries in Africa the discovery and exploitation of natural resources is a great opportunity, but one accompanied by considerable risks. Countries dependent on oil, gas, and mining have tended to have weaker long-run growth, higher rates of poverty, and greater income...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– The Role of Firm-Level Relationships for Knowledge Transfers in Africa and Asia
Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shemeles, Måns Söderbom, Finn Tarp - Journal of Development Studies, 2019

This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinationals (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliates as suppliers, customers, or competitors, to...

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Emanuele Colonnelli, Nicole Ntungire - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

As it transitions to an oil-producing country, Uganda’s investments in infrastructure and physical capital will increasingly depend on the ability of the construction sector to respond to surges in demand and transform investment effort into outcomes. Using administrative and survey data...

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– How much, when, and how will it be governed?
Sebastian Wolf, Vishal Aditya Potluri - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

We study Uganda’s journey to become a petroleum producer and provide estimates regarding the size and timing of the oil revenues to be expected. At an average US$38 per capita per year over a 33-year period, oil revenue by itself will not be transformational for the Ugandan economy, but it...

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– A framing paper
Mark Henstridge - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

A significant natural resource discovery creates excited popular expectations of imminent wealth. But the size of a boom is usually overestimated and the delay in receiving revenues is underestimated. This paper takes stock of the sequencing, timing, and scale of the development of a natural...

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– Country study—Tanzania
Mark Henstridge - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

There are large volumes of gas offshore Tanzania, which has raised hopes of a boom. But those hopes look set to be disappointed. A boom would depend on there being a sizeable flow of revenue to government from producing and exporting gas. This paper sets out the scale of the gas, and the...

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Caesar Cheelo, Robert Liebenthal - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The construction sector plays a critical role in delivering quality infrastructure, which in turn influences the use of natural resource revenues towards achieving structural change and industrial development. We use industrial organization and political economy lenses to describe and...

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Robert Liebenthal, Caesar Cheelo - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper is about understanding the cycle of global copper price booms and busts over Zambia’s economic history. We explore how the mining industry has been managed, and wider economic management during boom periods. We find that successive Zambian governments did not use copper...

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– The role of firm-level relationships in knowledge transfers in Africa and Asia
Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinational enterprises (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliates as suppliers, customers, or...

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– The case of the oil and gas industry in Ghana
Charles Ackah, Asaah S. Mohammed - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Local content and local participation policy and legislation have come to stay in Ghana’s oil and gas industry. The policy and legislation have been described largely as adequate, promising, and necessary to promote local content and local participation in the oil and gas industry....

– Will local content do the trick?
UNU-WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Extractives and interlinked industries are expecting a boom in Mozambique. This could be good news for the country’s economy, in theory. But can extractives really work as a driver to diversify the Mozambican economy? It is unlikely that the extractives sector can any time soon be...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
Richard Newfarmer, John Page, Finn Tarp - Oxford University Press, 2018

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. By 2030 more than three quarters of the world's absolute poor are...

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Martina Kirchberger - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The construction sector plays a key role in providing structures for economies. This paper surveys the literature on key issues pertaining to the construction sector. It starts by summarizing our knowledge about differences in unit costs across time and space. It then discusses...

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– Reflections on investment surges and new gas
Alan R. Roe - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper is a sequel to an earlier paper that looked in broad terms at many of the issues that Mozambique faces today in managing its new extractive resources. The paper first describes the investment surge that has already been prompted by new gas discoveries in Mozambique. It then...

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