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Title:Institutions and service delivery in Africa
Editor:Manda, Damiano K.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Period:Supplement 2 (August)
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:public sector
private sector
health care
External link:https://academic.oup.com/jae/issue/22/suppl_2
Abstract:The three papers in this supplement of the Journal of African Economies explore the role of various institutions, both public and private, in delivering efficient services to promote economic growth in Africa. The first paper, by Tessa Bold and Jakob Svensson, reviews evidence of recent trends and outcomes in the education and health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on the quality of service delivery. It views low and ineffective spending on service delivery sectors as a symptom of the underlying institutional environmental decay. It further argues that a microeconomic approach that explicitly takes political and bureaucratic incentives and constraints into account provides a fruitful way forward. The second paper, by Tessa Bold, Mwangi S. Kimenyi and Justin Sandefur, looks at public and private provision of education in Kenya. The authors examine the superior examination performance of private primary schools and elite public secondary schools and test whether this performance reflects causal returns to the school type. The third paper, by Moussa P. Blimpo, Robin Harding and Leonard Wantchekon, investigates the extent of the relationship between political marginalization, public investment in transport infrastructure, and food security in Benin, Ghana, Mali and Senegal. The authors' main finding is that political marginalizaiton indirectly affects food security, via its impact on the quality of transport infrastructure. An introductory article by Damiano K. Manda and Samuel Mwakubo gives an overview of the issue. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]