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Assessing the Determinants of Export Diversification in Africa

Adam Elhiraika () and Michael Mbate

Applied Econometrics and International Development, 2014, vol. 14, issue 1, 147-160

Abstract: Diversification of production and exports is critical for African countries to promote sustainable growth and economic transformation. This paper empirically explores the long-run determinants of export diversification by estimating a cross country regression model using a panel of 53 African countries for 1995-2011. System GMM estimates provide robust evidence supporting the importance of per capita income, infrastructure, public investment, human capital and the institutional framework as significant drivers of export diversification. This calls on African countries to design and implement long-term development strategies and institutional reforms to foster export diversification and economic transformation.

Keywords: Export Diversification; System GMM; Economic Growth. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 O14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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