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Drivers of Growth; Evidence from Sub-Saharan African Countries

Manuk Ghazanchyan () and Janet Gale Stotsky

No 13/236, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This study examines the drivers of growth in Sub-Saharan African countries, using aggregate data, from the past decade. We correlate recent growth experience to key determinants of growth, including private and public investment, government consumption, the exchange regime and real exchange rate, and current account liberalization, using various econometric methodologies, including fixed and random effects models, with cluster-robust standard errors. We find that, depending on the specification, higher private and public investments boost growth. Some evidence is found that government consumption exerts a drag on growth and that more flexible exchange regimes are beneficial to growth. The real exchange rate and liberalization variables are not significant.

Keywords: Exchange rate regimes; Economic growth; Africa; Foreign exchange; Private investment; Public investment; Real effective exchange rates; Sub-Saharan Africa; growth, real exchange rate, exchange rate, exchange rate regime, General, General, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Economic Growth of Open Economies, General, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-11-22
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