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Marcela Umaña-Aponte, Sonia Bhalotra - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper investigates whether cyclical variation in women’s labour supply in Africa contributes to smoothing household consumption. We find little support for this hypothesis. Using comparable individual data on about 0.5 million women in 30 Sub-Saharan African countries merged with...

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Olayinka Kareem, Fatima Olanike Kareem - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Empirical studies have shown that trade agreements have different effects on countries based on their level of development, especially in trade potentials. There have been several trade agreements between North-South and South-South countries, which are accompanied with different outcomes based on...

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– A case study of Liberia’s telecommunication laws
Rosalia de la Cruz Gitau - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

The telecommunications sector in Africa presents many exciting prospects to international investors—indeed many billion dollar projects are already underway across the continent. Many of the continent’s current problems can be traced to the exploitation it has experienced whilst ‘...

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Eric Kehinde Ogunleye - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Purposeful, well-targeted and successful transformation policies will be elusive for a country or region that does not understand the relative importance of its sectoral sources of growth. This study aims at eliciting our understanding in this respect by providing an assessment of the relative...

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– The Case of Africa
Christopher Balding - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Scholars and policy makers believe that democracy will bring prosperity through integration into the global economy via increased international trade. This study tests two theories as to why democracies might trade more. First, political freedom may be correlated with economic freedom, thus...

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– A Comparative Analysis of Domestic and Foreign Banks
Hiroyuki Kiyota - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Utilizing the stochastic frontier approach, this study conducts a comparative analysis of profit efficiency and cost inefficiency of commercial banks operating in 29 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries by bank ownership (domestic bank, SSA foreign bank or non-SSA foreign bank), as well as by the...

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Mawussé K. N. Okey - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

The aim of this paper is to analyse the effect of institutional reforms on the revival of African economies. We study the impact of positive changes in business environment indicators of the Doing Business project and the Economic Freedom Index of the Heritage Foundation on the private sector...

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– What Consequences for Economic Convergence?
Alassane Drabo - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper examines the link between health indicators, environmental variables, and economic development, and the consequences of this relationship on economic convergence. In the early stage of economic development, the gain from income growth could be cancelled or mitigated by environmental...

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– African Evidence from Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework
Boopen Seetanah, Kesseven Padachi, Sawkut Rojid - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Using a panel vector autoregressive model this paper investigates the dynamic and endogeneous contribution of tourism to output based on a sample of 40 African countries for the period 1990–2006. Results from the study confirm tourism to be an important ingredient of African development...

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– Evidence from Tunisia
Anis Bou Abid, Imed Drine - Economic Modelling, 2011

The purpose of this paper is to study the determinants of the inefficient functioning of the Tunisian labour market. The study takes advantage of the recent development in the stochastic frontier techniques and estimates, the matching function for Tunisia using disaggregated data.We include control...

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Julius A. Agbor - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper investigates some of the existing hypotheses regarding the transmission of different colonial legacies to modern day economic growth. The fact that different colonial strategies were pursued by different colonizers in various territories suggests possible ramifications for current...

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Steve Onyeiwu - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews the innovative capabilities and absorptive capacities of African countries, and investigates whether they have played significant roles in the region’s slow and episodic economic growth. Results from cross-country regressions covering 31 Sub-Saharan African countries...

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– Regional Heterogeneity in the Structural Relationship Matters
Markus Brückner - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

A common finding in the empirical civil war literature is that population size and per capita income are highly significant predictors of civil war incidence and onset. This paper shows that the common finding of population size and per capita income having a significant average effect on civil war...

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– Is Africa Different?
Mahvash Saeed Qureshi, Charalambos G. Tsangarides - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper revisits the link between exchange rate regimes and trade in the context of Africa’s exchange rate arrangements. Applying an augmented gravity model that includes measures of currency unions and pegged regimes, the paper compares Africa’s experience with that of the world....

Augustin Kwasi Fosu - Oxford University Press, 2011 - Oxford, UK

The current chapter, first, finds that although the post-independence growth of African economies has fallen substantially below that of other regions, this comparative evidence is less than uniform across time and countries. Second, it uncovers total factor productivity as the primary culprit...

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– Evidence from African Manufacturing Firms
Abdelrasaq Na-Allah - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Recent developments in policy initiatives as well as some current practical events have combined to put the spotlight on the issue of industrial embeddedness in sub-Saharan Africa. Though extant research documents some stylized facts, as determinants of its manifestations, their relevance to...

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