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Title:Poverty, trade and growth in Africa
Editors:Bhorat, HaroonISNI
Hanival, Stephen
Kanbur, RaviISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Volume:15
Issue:4
Pages:505-756
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Cameroon
Madagascar
Mozambique
Zambia
South Africa
Subjects:economic development
government policy
poverty reduction
trade policy
trade negotiations
industrial exports
free economic zones
conference papers (form)
2004
Link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/15/4.toc
Abstract:In the current global environment the major challenge for economic policymaking in Africa is to take advantage of the openings afforded by trade and investment while managing the risks and focusing on benefits for the poorest. Past and current disappointments with macrolevel policies are gradually being understood by analysts in terms of insufficient linkage to the microlevel realities of African economy and society. At the same time, there is a realization that microlevel policies are bound to fail if implemented in an unstable macro or global-level environment. The eight papers in this special issue are amongst those presented at a conference organized in Cape Town, South Africa, on 13-15 October 2004, to address these challenges. The first four focus on growth and its impact on poverty. They are: Strategies for pro-poor growth: pro-poor, pro-growth or both? by John Page; Growth, redistribution and poverty changes in Cameroon: a Shapley decomposition analysis, by Francis Menjo Baye; Has economic growth in Mozambique been pro-poor? by Channing Arndt, Robert C. James and Kenneth R. Simler; Not all growth is equally good for the poor: the case of Zambia, by James Thurlow and Peter Wobst. The second set of four papers covers trade and its impact on efficiency, growth and labour markets. They are: Would multilateral trade reform benefit sub-Saharan Africans? by Kym Anderson, Will Martin and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe; Exporting from manufacturing firms in sub-Saharan Africa, by Neil Rankin, Mċns Söderbom and Francis Teal; Macro-micro linkages in trade: trade, efficiency and competitiveness of manufacturing firms in Durban, South Africa, by Imraan Valodia and Myriam Velia; Export processing zone expansion in Madagascar: what are the labour market and gender impacts? by Peter Glick and François Roubaud. In the introduction to the issue, the guest editors - Haroon Bhorat, Stephen Hanival and Ravi Kanbur - underline the importance of appreciating the huge diversity of Africa, and the fact that country-specific, sector-specific and policy-specific analysis is needed in order to understand the complex relationships between poverty, growth and trade in the region. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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