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Sustaining Growth Accelerations and Pro-Poor Growth in Africa

Sanjeev Gupta, Catherine A Pattillo and Kevin Carey ()

No 05/195, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Are improvements in growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since the mid-1990s sustainable? What types of growth strategies contribute the most to reducing poverty? This paper examines these questions in four stages. First, it explores the factors contributing to the post- 1995 improvement in growth. Second, to shed some light on factors associated with substantial jumps in growth rates that are sustained in the medium term, an analysis of the correlates of growth accelerations is presented. Third, the paper examines the consistency of the SSA data with some important predictions from the literature directly linking such areas as fiscal policy, financial development, or institutions and growth. Fourth, it reviews recent evidence regarding lessons on the type of growth process that is most effective at raising the incomes of the poor.

Keywords: Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; growth, growth accelerations, pro-poor growth, pro-poor, growth rates, tfp, real gdp, Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development, Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity: General, Economywide Country Studies: Africa, Measurement and Analysis of Poverty, Economic Growth of Open Economies, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 68
Date: 2005-10-01
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