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Title:Sectoral engines of growth in South Africa: An analysis of services and manufacturing PDF Logo
Authors:Tregenna, Fiona
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.98
Abstract:Manufacturing has traditionally been regarded in the development literature as having special growth-pulling or growth-enhancing properties. The share of manufacturing in GDP has been declining slightly over time in South Africa, while that of services has been growing. This study focuses on the Hirschmanian channels through which sectoral growth can lead or support aggregate economic growth, using input-output tables to investigate intersectoral linkages in the South African economy. Manufacturing is found to be especially important as a source of demand for the services sector and the rest of the economy through its strong backward linkages. This draws attention to possible negative implications of a decline in manufacturing on the South African economy.
input-output tables
South Africa
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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