Never been industrialized: a tale of African structural change

Carmignani, Fabrizio and Mandeville, Thomas (2014) Never been industrialized: a tale of African structural change. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 31 124-137. doi:10.1016/j.strueco.2014.09.002

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Author Carmignani, Fabrizio
Mandeville, Thomas
Title Never been industrialized: a tale of African structural change
Journal name Structural Change and Economic Dynamics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0954-349X
Publication date 2014-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.strueco.2014.09.002
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Start page 124
End page 137
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Africa is a case of structural change without industrialization and without diversification. Agriculture's decline was matched by an increase in services and non-manufacturing industry, with manufacturing remaining low and stagnant throughout the post-colonial period. To what extent do these patterns of structural change account for the weak growth dynamics observed in the continent? We provide evidence that what is damaging for growth in Africa is not the expansion in services, but rather the reallocation of economic activity from agriculture to non-manufacturing industry. Because non-manufacturing industry is mainly mining, our results point to a form of resource curse.
Keyword Growth dynamics
Service sector
Structural change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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