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Africa's Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions Dataset

Authors:William R. Easterly  and Ross Eric Levine
Web Address:Macroeconomics and Growth
Report Number:WPS1503

Publication date: November 1, 1997

It is used for William Easterly and Ross Levine's "Africa's Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions." 1997, Quarterly Journal of Economics 112 (November): 1203-50. The data covers 160 countries.

Abstract of Paper
Explaining cross-country differences in growth rates requires not only an understanding of the link between growth and public policies, but also an understanding of why countries choose different public policies. This paper shows that ethnic diversity helps explain cross-country differences in public policies, political stability, and other economic indicators. In the case of Sub-Saharan Africa, economic growth is associated with low schooling, political instability, underdeveloped financial systems, distorted foreign exchange markets, high government deficits, and insufficient infrastructure. Africa’s high ethnic fragmentation explains a significant part of most of these characteristics.


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