Public Policies and Private Savings and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa : An Empirical Investigation

Author/Editor:

Dhaneshwar Ghura ; Michael T. Hadjimichael

Publication Date:

February 1, 1995

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Summary:

This paper assesses empirically the role of public policies in stimulating private savings and investment in sub-Saharan African countries, based on data for the period 1986-92. The main findings of the analysis are as follows: (i) policies effective in stimulating private savings and investment include those that keep the rate of inflation low, reduce macroeconomic uncertainty, promote financial deepening, and lower the external debt burden; (ii) measures that promote structural reforms and reduce the budget deficit (without lowering government investment) help to raise private investment; and (iii) declines in government savings are only partially offset by increases in private savings.

Series:

Working Paper No. 95/19

Subject:

Notes:

Based on data for the period 1986-92.

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 1995

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451922523/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0191995

Format:

Paper

Pages:

48

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