Mauritius The Drivers of Growth—Can the Past be Extended?

Author/Editor:

Katsiaryna Svirydzenka ; Martin Petri

Publication Date:

July 23, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Mauritius’s economic performance has been called “the Mauritian miracle” and the “success of Africa” (Romer, 1992; Frankel, 2010; Stiglitz, 2011), despite difficult initial conditions that led a Nobel Prize Winner in economics to predict stagnation (Meade, 1961). We use growth accounting to analyze the sources of past growth and project potential ranges of growth through 2033. Growth averaged 4½ percent over the past 20 years. Our baseline suggests future growth rates around 3¼ percent, but growth could reach 4-5 percent with strong pro-active policies including (i) improving investment and savings rates; (ii) improving the efficiency of social spending and public enterprise reforms; (iii) investment in education and education reforms; (iii) labor market reforms; and (iv) further measures to reduce bottlenecks and increase productivity. With policies capable of generating 5 percent growth, Mauritius could reach high-income status in 2021, 4 years earlier than under the baseline.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/134

Subject(s):

English

Publication Date:

July 23, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498392372/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014134

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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