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Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective$
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James B. Davies

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548880.001.0001

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Marketable Wealth in a Poor African Country: Wealth Accumulation by Households in Ghana

Marketable Wealth in a Poor African Country: Wealth Accumulation by Households in Ghana

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(p.248) 12 Marketable Wealth in a Poor African Country: Wealth Accumulation by Households in Ghana
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Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective
Author(s):

Ronelle Burger

Frikkie Booysen

Servaas van der Berg

Michael von Maltitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548880.003.0012

The study uses an asset index of consumer durables to track changes in household wealth in Ghana during the recent period of strong growth. Using the Ghana Living Standards Survey of 1998, which contains both wealth data and consumer durable data, the chapter demonstrates that the asset index approximate marketable wealth adequately. Although asset index estimates of wealth cannot match the precision of wealth surveys, this approach can provide useful information on marketable wealth in countries where more appropriate sources are not available. The asset index analysis with the three demographic and health surveys for 1993, 1998, and 2003 suggests that the solid economic growth seen over this period has been accompanied by a strong rise in the average asset index scores.

Keywords:   wealth, Ghana, asset index, index scores, wealth surveys

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