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Growth, Colonization, and Institutional Development: In and Out of Africa

Graziella Bertocchi

No 5856, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This essay investigates the determinants of the growth performance of Africa. I start by illustrating a broader research agenda which accounts not only for basic economic and demographic factors, but also for the role of history and institutional development. After reporting results from standard growth regressions, I analyze the role of Africa’s peculiar history, which has been marked by its colonization experience. Next I discuss the potential growth impact of state fragility, a concept which reflects multiple facets of the dysfunctions that plague the continent. The last topic I address is the influence, in and out of Africa, of the slave trades. The essay ends with critical conclusions and suggestions for further research.

Keywords: state fragility; institutions; colonization; history; Africa; growth; slavery (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 N17 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2011-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev and nep-pke
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Published - revised version published in: Olivier de la Grandville (ed.), Economic Growth and Development, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 11, Bingley, 2011, 25 - 41

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