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Lost Decades: Lessons from Post-Independence Latin America for Today's Africa

Robert Bates, John H. Coatsworth and Jeffrey Williamson ()

No 12610, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Africa and Latin America secured their independence from European colonial rule a century and half apart: most of Latin America after 1820 and most of Africa after 1960. Despite the distance in time and space, they share important similarities. In each case independence was followed by political instability, violent conflict and economic stagnation lasting for about a half-century (lost decades). The parallels suggest that Africa might be exiting from a period of post-imperial collapse and entering a period of relative political stability and economic growth, as did Latin America a century and a half earlier.

JEL-codes: N0 O10 O54 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-10
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Published as Bates, Robert H. & Coatsworth, John H. & Williamson, Jeffrey G., 2007. "Lost Decades: Postindependence Performance in Latin America and Africa," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 67(04), pages 917-943, December.

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