Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51839
Authors: 
Bertocchi, Graziella
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5856
Abstract: 
This essay investigates the determinants of the growth performance of Africa. I start by illustrating a broader research agenda which accounts not only for basic economic and demographic factors, but also for the role of history and institutional development. After reporting results from standard growth regressions, I analyze the role of Africa's peculiar history, which has been marked by its colonization experience. Next I discuss the potential growth impact of state fragility, a concept which reflects multiple facets of the dysfunctions that plague the continent. The last topic I address is the influence, in and out of Africa, of the slave trades. The essay ends with critical conclusions and suggestions for further research.
Subjects: 
growth
Africa
history
colonization
institutions
state fragility
slavery
JEL: 
O43
N17
H11
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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