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Title:Growth empirics: evidence from Sierra Leone
Author:Kallon, Kelfala M.ISNI
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1467-8268)
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:economic development
capital formation
standard of living
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8268.2013.12025.x/pdf
Abstract:In this paper, the author uses a novel approach to estimate Sierra Leone's aggregate capital stock from gross fixed investment and depreciation. Using Johanssen's maximum-likelihood cointegration methodology, he estimates the parameters of the country's long-run per capita aggregate production function. Thereafter, the sources of economic growth are calculated, the key finding being that economic growth in post-independence Sierra Leone has been propelled by mostly capital accumulation. The implications of this capital-driven growth on poverty reduction and income distribution are then discussed. Policy recommendations for how to simultaneously promote economic growth and improve the living standard of the average Sierra Leonean are also provided. App., bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]