Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/112839
Authors: 
Harttgen, Kenneth
McMillan, Margaret
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2015: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik - Session: Determinants of growth in developing countries G08-V1
Abstract: 
We show that much of Africa s recent growth and poverty reduction can be traced to a substantive decline in the share of the labor force engaged in agriculture. This decline has been accompanied by a systematic increase in the productivity of the labor force, as it has moved from low productivity agriculture to higher productivity manufacturing and services. These declines have been more rapid in countries where the initial share of the labor force engaged in agriculture is the highest and where commodity price increases have been accompanied by improvements in the quality of governance.
JEL: 
O13
O40
Q16
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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