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Title:Institutions and economic performance in Africa: A comparative analysis of Mauritius, Botswana and Uganda PDF Logo
Authors:Kiiza, Julius
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/73
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between institution building and economic performance in Mauritius, Botswana and Uganda. The rationale for comparing these cases is simple. While the three have been super-economic stars in their own right, they have achieved substantially different outcomes. Mauritius has achieved Asia-type rapid growth, backed by the structural transformation of the economy from colonial commodity production (sugar) to postcolonial higher value-added industrial and information outcomes. Botswana has delivered rapid and sustained growth with no structural economic transformation. Uganda has attained rapid growth for a shorter postcolonial period (since 1992) and with no structural transformation. This paper contends that these cross-national differences largely arise from the presence of developmental nationalism plus Weberian bureaucracies in Mauritius and Botswana, and their absence in Uganda.
Subjects:developmental nationalism
economic performance
Africa
JEL:B52
O57
P16
P17
ISBN:9291908517
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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