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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:The economy of Ghana: analytical perspectives on stability, growth & poverty
Editors:Aryeetey, ErnestISNI
Kanbur, RaviISNI
City of publisher:Woodbridge
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:9781847010032; 9789988626822
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:economic conditions
economic policy
Abstract:As Ghana enters its second half-century, policymakers and analysts must confront a widespread perception that the economic and political system has failed to deliver improved living standards to the population. The papers in this collective volume call for a deeper examination of the macrolevel data on growth and poverty and set out an analytical agenda for Ghana's policymakers. They were selected from papers presented at the 'Ghana at the half-century' conference in Accra, 18-20 July 2004, organized by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, and Cornell University. The papers in Part 1 provide an overview of Ghana's economy and post-independence economic growth. Part 2 deals with the macroeconomy, trade and finance. It includes chapters on public sector deficits and macroeconomic instability, the effects of exchange rate volatility on economic growth, exchange rate reform and its impact on the balance of trade, export performance and the investment behaviour of firms, monetary policy and household savings, the banking sector, and the regulation of rural and microfinance. Part 3, on poverty, education and health, comprises chapters on the construction of a census-based poverty map at regional, district and council levels; budget implementation and poverty reduction; the impact of inflation; risk and vulnerability to poverty; decentralization and poverty reduction; technical efficiency in secondary education; maternal literacy and numeracy skills and child health; and provision of health care and self-medication. Contributors: Frank Agbola, David O. Andah, Elizabeth N. Appiah, Kojo Appiah-Kubi, Ernest Aryeetey, Felix A. Asante, Joseph R.A. Ayee, Theresa Blankson, Neils-Hugo Blunch, Thierry Buchs, Harold Coulombe, Augustin Fosu, David L. Franklin, Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, Charles Jebuni, Ravi Kanbur, Tony Killick, Stephen Kyereme, Johan Mathiesen, Andy McKay, N.N.N.Nsowah-Nuamah, Abena Oduro, G.B. Overbosch, Daniel Bruce Sarpong, Bernadin Senadza, Nii K. Sowa, William F. Steel, Anthony Tsekpo, Peter Quartey, Susanna Wolf, Curtis E. Youngblood, G.J.M. van den Boom. [ASC Leiden abstract]