Structural Transformation in Africa: Static gains, Dynamic losses

de Vries, G. J., Timmer, M. & de Vries, K., 17-Jun-2015, In : Journal of Development Studies. 51, 6, p. 674-688 15 p.

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This paper places recent growth and structural transformation in 11 Sub-Saharan African countries in historical and international perspective. During the early post-independence period, resources were reallocated to manufacturing activities with high productivity growth. Structural change stalled in the mid-1970s. When it resumed in the 1990s, workers mainly relocated to distributive trade services. Productivity levels in these activities were higher than in agriculture, enhancing overall economy performance. But services productivity growth was sluggish and increasingly falling behind the world frontier. These patterns are also observed in Latin America, but not in Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-688
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 17-Jun-2015

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