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Towards Building Shared Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa: How Does the Effect of Economic Integration Compare to Social Equity Policies?

Isaac Kwesi Ofori ()

No 21/045, Working Papers from European Xtramile Centre of African Studies (EXCAS)

Abstract: The debate on the need for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries to foster inclusive growth has intensified following the coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. A conspicuous lacuna in the literature is a lack of rigorous empirical work(s) exploring: (1) the joint effect of economic integration and resource allocation, and (2) social equity policies on inclusive growth in SSA. Using data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators and the Global Consumption and Income Project (1980–2019) for 43 SSA countries, I provide evidence robust to several econometric techniques the fixed-effect, random-effect, and the system generalized method of moments estimators to show that: (1) though economic integration induces inclusive growth, the effect is higher in the presence of greater financial deepening and productive government expenditure; (2) relative to economic integration, social equity policies are rather remarkable in enhancing inclusive growth. Policy recommendations are provided in line with the AfCFTA and the reversals of welfare gains due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Keywords: AfCFTA; Economic Integration; Financial Deepening; Globalisation; Inclusive Growth; Sub-Saharan Africa; Social Protection; Social Inclusion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E6 F14 F15 F6 H5 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33
Date: 2021-01
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