Sustaining Growth Accelerations and Pro-Poor Growth in Africa

Author/Editor:

Sanjeev Gupta ; Catherine A Pattillo ; Kevin J Carey

Publication Date:

October 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

Free Download. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF file

Disclaimer: This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF.The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate

Summary:

Are improvements in growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since the mid-1990s sustainable? What types of growth strategies contribute the most to reducing poverty? This paper examines these questions in four stages. First, it explores the factors contributing to the post- 1995 improvement in growth. Second, to shed some light on factors associated with substantial jumps in growth rates that are sustained in the medium term, an analysis of the correlates of growth accelerations is presented. Third, the paper examines the consistency of the SSA data with some important predictions from the literature directly linking such areas as fiscal policy, financial development, or institutions and growth. Fourth, it reviews recent evidence regarding lessons on the type of growth process that is most effective at raising the incomes of the poor.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/195

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451862140/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005195

Format:

Paper

Pages:

68

Please address any questions about this title to publications@imf.org