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Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995$
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Morten Jerven

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689910.001.0001

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African Economic Growth Reconsidered

African Economic Growth Reconsidered

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Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995

Morten Jerven

Oxford University Press

Studies of growth in post-colonial Africa have overwhelmingly focused on explaining the failure of economic growth in Africa. This “stylized fact” must be qualified, and when this is taken into account, the normal explanations of African economic growth appear incoherent. The notion of chronic African growth failure has diverted attention from the process of economic growth and left important questions unaddressed. It is argued that African economic performance should be evaluated from a different perspective.

Keywords:   economic growth, Africa, statistics, economic development, GDP, national income accounting, cross sectional analysis, empirical literature, economic performance

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