Why isn't South Africa Growing Faster? a Comparative Approach

Author/Editor:

Luc Eyraud

Publication Date:

February 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The purpose of this paper is to examine factors that have constrained South Africa's growth since the end of apartheid by comparing its GDP components and its saving and investment performance with those of 10 faster-growing countries. The study finds that sluggish investment has undermined growth since 1996 and that the underinvestment is in part explained by limited saving. Thus, over the last decade, interactions between investment, saving, and production may have perpetuated slow growth in South Africa.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/25

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871722/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009025

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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