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Africa’s New Economic Opportunities

Paul Collier.

in The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics

July 2015; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 4854 words.

This article explores Africa’s new economic opportunities, paying particular attention to two economic prospects that are better than at any time since Africa gained independence. More...

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Africa’s Quiet Revolution

Margaret McMillan and Kenneth Harttgen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics

July 2015; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Economics; Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 10076 words.

This chapter examines Africa’s structural transformation, from its prolonged period of weak economic growth since the 1970s to the period of stronger growth over the past decade. It first...

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African Economic Growth Reconsidered

Morten Jerven.

in Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995

March 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 9255 words.

Studies of growth in post-colonial Africa have overwhelmingly focused on explaining the failure of economic growth in Africa. This “stylized fact” must be qualified, and when this is taken...

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African Growth Strategies

Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Eric Kehinde Ogunleye.

in The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics

July 2015; p ublished online October 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Economics; Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 7521 words.

This chapter provides a panoramic view of the conceptualization, design, and implementation of growth strategies in Africa, from the pre-colonial period to the present. These strategies...

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Agricultural Labour Productivity and Industrialisation: Lessons for Africa

Xinshen Diao, Margaret McMillan and Samuel Wangwe.

in Journal of African Economies

January 2018; p ublished online December 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Data Collection and Date Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations; Economic Development; Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity; Economywide Country Studies. 12911 words.

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Using data from the Groningen Growth and Development Center’s Africa Sector Database, we show that manufacturing employment and its share in total...

Agriculture in Economic Development: Primary Engine of Growth or Chicken and Egg?

Isabelle Tsakok and Bruce Gardner.

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

December 2007; p ublished online December 2007 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics; Economic Development; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations; Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity; Agricultural Economics; Socialist Institutions and their Transitions. 3743 words.

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Are developing countries catching up?

Vladimir Popov and K S Jomo.

in Cambridge Journal of Economics

January 2018; p ublished online June 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development; Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity. 5823 words.

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This paper reviews catch-up growth in various parts of the world, especially in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on what this implies...

Are universities and university research under threat? Towards an evolutionary model of university speciation

Ben R. Martin.

in Cambridge Journal of Economics

May 2012; p ublished online April 2012 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Technological Change; Research and Development; Economic History; Education and Research Institutions. 12279 words.

According to some, universities and academic research are under threat. As we move towards a more knowledge-intensive economy, academics face pressures to link their work more closely to...

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The Bedrock Myth

Jason M. Barr.

in Building the Skyline

July 2016; p ublished online June 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 14537 words.

One of the most-cited facts about the Manhattan skyline is that there are no skyscrapers north of the City Hall and south of 14th Street because of a bedrock valley in this area. This...

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Beguines

Jan Luiten.

in Capital Women

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 9383 words.

The beguine movement is a most remarkable phenomenon in the history of the Low Countries, but it still remains to be explained. The skewed sex ratio, diminished access to convents, and...

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The behavioral and evolutionary roots of dynamic capabilities

Felix Arndt and Lamar Pierce.

in Industrial and Corporate Change

April 2018; p ublished online November 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Industrial Organization; Business and Management; Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 7701 words.

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Although the dynamic capabilities framework has proved important for explaining long-term competitive advantage, some scholars have attacked it as...

The Birth of Midtown

Jason M. Barr.

in Building the Skyline

July 2016; p ublished online June 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 14846 words.

There are two misconceptions about why Midtown emerged. First is the bedrock valley and second is Grand Central Station. This chapter demonstrates the true cause of Midtown’s rise as a...

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The Broader Picture

Jan Luiten.

in Capital Women

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 8070 words.

This chapter introduces the concept of female agency and sets up the framework for the rest of the book. The authors explain how age at marriage can be an indicator of the degree of power a...

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Building the Skyline

Jason M. Barr.

July 2016; p ublished online June 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 456 pages.

Manhattan, as the world’s greatest vertical city, is the result of a collective striving; its skyscrapers are the physical manifestation of this mass quest for success. Despite the fact...

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Capital Women

Jan Luiten van Zanden, Sarah Carmichael and Tine De Moor.

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Economic Development and Growth; Economic History. 288 pages.

This book argues that the position of women in late medieval and early modern Europe was relatively strong. This, van Zanden, De Moor, and Carmichael argue, is evident from the fact that...

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Chinese and Russian Economies Since Reforms: Transformational Recession in Russia and Acceleration of Growth in China

Vladimir Popov.

in Mixed Fortunes

April 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 8785 words.

Various explanations of the transformational recession are discussed and an alternative explanation is suggested: the collapse of output was caused primarily by several groups of factors,...

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Chinese and Russian Economies Under Central Planning: Why the Difference in Outcomes?

Vladimir Popov.

in Mixed Fortunes

April 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Economic History; Economic Development and Growth. 12771 words.

The socialist experiment of the twentieth century in these two countries was a reaction to the inequalities and social tensions created by the preceding Westernization. It led to a decrease...

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Choice of Enterprise Form: Spain, 1886–1936

Timothy W Guinnane and Susana Mart�nez-Rodr�guez.

in The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization

March 2018; p ublished online January 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behaviour; Entrepreneurship; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations; Economic Development. 10560 words.

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Every new firm selects a legal form. Organizing as a corporation, a limited company, or a partnership shapes the firm’s access to capital markets, its...

Christian Missionaries and Education in Former African Colonies: How Competition Mattered

Francisco A. Gallego and Robert Woodberry.

in Journal of African Economies

June 2010; p ublished online March 2010 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Economic Sociology; Economic History; Education and Research Institutions; Labour and Demographic Economics; Economic Development. 10719 words.

Using regional data for about 180 African provinces, we find that measures of Protestant missionary activity in the past are more correlated with schooling variables today than similar...

Clans, Guilds, and Markets: Apprenticeship Institutions and Growth in the Preindustrial Economy

David de la Croix, Matthias Doepke and Joel Mokyr.

in The Quarterly Journal of Economics

P ublished online July 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Demand and Supply of Labour; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations; Labour and Demographic Economics; Technological Change; Research and Development; Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity. 26898 words.

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In the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution, Western Europe gradually pulled ahead of other world regions in terms of technological...