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Total Factor Productivity in Kenya: The Links with Trade Policy

"Recent experience, particularly for East Asian countries, has highlighted the potential for achieving rapid and renewed growth in sub-Saharan Africa through appropriate trade policy orientation. In Kenya, however, where the last three decades have …

Productivity Growth in Nigerian Manufacturing and its Correlation to Trade Policy Regimes/Indexes (1962–1985)

"While the centrality of productivity enhancement to growth acceleration is one issue around which broad consensus exists in theory and empiricism, the role of trade policy in fostering productivity growth has received only modest attention. This st…

Financial Development and Economic Growth in Botswana

The study examines the interrelationships between financial development, economic growth, capital accumulation and productivity growth in Botswana over the period 1980-2014. Using the Auto regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) bound test technique, we f…

An Incentivizing System of Ownership and of Usufruct Rights

Sustained productivity growth, stretched over decades in which the majority of farmers participate in and benefit from, successfully transform agriculture. Such sustained growth requires broad-based public and private investments. Why would private …

Exporting and Export Dynamics among South African Firms

"According to the National Development Plan increased exports, particularly among small and medium firms, are an important job-creation strategy. Yet much of the South African debate on exporting occurs in an environment based on anecdote and preju…

Impact of Investment Climate Reforms on Growth and Development of SMES: Comparisons from South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon

"Drawing from World Bank Investment Climate surveys, the main objective of Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) studies is to develop a better understanding of the constraints to investment and sustained productivity growth in a given country. Afric…

Foreign Ownership and Productivity Growth: Firm Level Evidence from Cameroon

Using a panel data set on Cameroonian manufacturing firms from 1993 to 2005, this paper evaluates the direct and indirect effects of the presence of foreign ownership on the productivity growth of local firms. We investigate spillovers through horiz…

Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The case of Burkina Faso

In this study, we develop an economy wide model for Burkina Faso to assess the most promising opportunities for technological innovations to enhance maize production and productivity and their economywide effects. We simulate the implementation of t…

Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The case of Malawi

This discussion paper analyzes the economy-wide impact of a series of agricultural innovations in Malawi. Using an agricultural focused computable general equilibrium model disaggregated to reflect Malawi agro-ecological zones, we simulate three sce…

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