African Successes, Volume IVSustainable Growth

African Successes, Volume IVSustainable Growth

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226315553

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This is Volume IV of a four volume set reporting on research on Africa funded by the Gates Foundation. Volume I is focused on conditions that make growth possible; Volume II deals with human development; and Volume III discusses ways in which modernization has come to sub-Saharan Africa, including banking, mobile phones, and dimensions of the export sector. Volume IV examines whether recent African growth rates will prove sustainable. This volume offers three different ways to address this general question. First, five of our research teams look at the details of African agriculture, ranging from its overall prospects to the specific institutional arrangements in two countries. As in our other volumes, the chapters here set a high standard in terms of putting together high quality data and analyzing it using appropriate statistical and econometric technique. Second, one team looked carefully at barriers to trade within West Africa – what keeps markets segmented and prevents trade from developing? Can these obstacles be overcome in the foreseeable future? Four teams look at particular country case studies to understand growth and development and also pay considerable attention to episodes of poor economic performance. Researchers participating in this project were encouraged to combine careful NBER-type empirical analysis with investigations of specific country experiences. In terms of in-depth country analysis, this volume includes material on Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Series Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Volume Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

I Agriculture

2 Agriculture, Roads, and Economic Development in Uganda

Douglas Gollin and Richard Rogerson

3 The Sahel’s Silent Maize Revolution

Jeremy Foltz, Ursula Aldana, and Paul Laris

4 Contract Farming and Agricultural Productivity in Western Kenya

Lorenzo Casaburi, Michael Kremer, and Sendhil Mullainathan

6 International and Intranational Market Segmentation and Integration in West Africa

Jenny C. Aker, Michael W. Klein, and Stephen A. O’Connell

II Country Studies

8 Mauritius

Jeffrey Frankel

9 Indirect Rule and State Weakness in Africa

Daron Acemoglu, Isaías N. Chaves, Philip Osafo-Kwaako, and James A. Robinson