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dc.contributor.authorOnyeiwu, Steveen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-30en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T13:17:50Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T13:17:50Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-9230-382-2en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/54088-
dc.description.abstractThis 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 suggest that growth in Africa is not simply a question of capital accumulation, fertility rates, aid dependency, and stable macroeconomic environment. It is also about strengthening the capacity of African countries to assimilate and effectively use knowledge and technology. Contrary to the views held by many analysts, the growth of African economies does not depend so much on their ability to innovate, but rather on their capacity to absorb and effectively use new technologies. Beyond technological issues, the paper confirms the stylized facts that the size of the government and political stability are important for the growth performance of African countries.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,19en_US
dc.subject.jelO33en_US
dc.subject.jelO43en_US
dc.subject.jelO55en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordgrowthen_US
dc.subject.keywordinnovationen_US
dc.subject.keywordabsorptive capacityen_US
dc.subject.keywordtechnologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.stwWirtschaftswachstumen_US
dc.subject.stwInnovationen_US
dc.subject.stwAbsorptionen_US
dc.subject.stwAfrikaen_US
dc.subject.stwAfrika südlich der Saharaen_US
dc.titleDoes lack of innovation and absorptive capacity retard economic growth in Africa?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn655005129en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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