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African Successes, Volume II: Human Capital

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil


This is Volume II of a four set series that reports on progress with economic, political, and social development in Africa over recent decades. Volume I deals with social peace, the basic functioning (or not) of government, and how to measure economic development at the household level. Volume II is focused on human capital. This includes public health and various efforts to improve the empowerment–and thus the human development outcomes–for women and girls. We place these issues in a broad economic context, and also include some cutting-edge research on other dimensions of human capital in th ... More

Keywords: Africa, human capital, economic development, human development, malaria, HIV, gender, AIDS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226316055
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226316192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Edwards, editor
University of California, Los Angeles

Simon Johnson, editor
MIT Sloan School of Management

David N. Weil, editor
Brown University

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Front Matter

Series Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Volume Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

I Health

3 Stimulating Demand for AIDS Prevention

Damien de Walque, William H. Dow, Carol Medlin, and Rose Nathan

4 Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms

Richard Akresh, Damien de Walque, and Harounan Kazianga

II Gender Issues

5 Girl Power

Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, Jacobus de Hoop, and Berk Özler

III Education

8 The Surprisingly Dire Situation of Children’s Education in Rural West Africa

Peter Boone, Ila Fazzio, Kameshwari Jandhyala, Chitra Jayanty, Gangadhar Jayanty, Simon Johnson, Vimala Ramachandran, Filipa Silva, and Zhaoguo Zhan

9 Success in Entrepreneurship

Michael Kremer, Jonathan Robinson, and Olga Rostapshova