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African Successes, Volume I: Government and Institutions

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil


This is volume I of a four volume set, with papers developed as part of a large-scale project and associated conference series funded by the Gates Foundation. It is comprised of careful empirical reports on progress with economic, political, and social development in Africa over recent decades. Papers are grouped by a rough hierarchy of development. The first volume therefore deals with the essential issues that any country must resolve if there is to be any kind of sustained economic growth and shared benefits from development: is there social peace, does the government function in any kind o ... More

Keywords: Africa, economic development, conflict, institutions, decentralization, autocracy, ethnic groups, governance, informal sector, corruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226316222
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226316369.001.0001


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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Series Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Volume Introduction

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

I Political Economy and Conflict

1 Healing the Wounds

Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, and Edward Miguel

3 Does Decentralization Facilitate Access to Poverty-Related Services?

Emilie Caldeira, Martial Foucault, and Grégoire Rota-Graziosi

4 Demographic Pressure and Institutional Change

Margaret S. McMillan, William A. Masters, and Harounan Kazianga

II Government Regulation and Basic Institutions

6 Deals versus Rules

Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Gita Khun-Jush, and Lant Pritchett

7 The Unofficial Economy in Africa

Rafael La Porta and Andrei Shleifer

8 State versus Consumer Regulation

James Habyarimana and William Jack

III Long-Run Assessments

9 Fifteen Years On

Murray Leibbrandt and James Levinsohn