Economic growth, size of the agricultural sector, and urbanization in Africa

Brückner, Markus (2012) Economic growth, size of the agricultural sector, and urbanization in Africa. Journal of Urban Economics, 71 1: 26-36. doi:doi:10.1016/j.jue.2011.08.004


Author Brückner, Markus
Title Economic growth, size of the agricultural sector, and urbanization in Africa
Journal name Journal of Urban Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0094-1190
1095-9068
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI doi:10.1016/j.jue.2011.08.004
Open Access Status
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 26
End page 36
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract This paper uses variations in international commodity prices and rainfall to construct instrumental variables estimates of the within-country effect that changes in the size of the agricultural sector and GDP per capita growth have on the urbanization rate. For a panel of 41 African countries during the period 1960–2007, the paper’s three main findings are that: (i) decreases in the share of agricultural value added lead to a significant increase in the urbanization rate; (ii) conditional on changes in the share of agricultural value added GDP per capita growth does not significantly affect the urbanization rate; (iii) increases in the urbanization rate had a significant negative average effect on GDP per capita growth.
Keyword Economic growth
Sectoral shocks
Urbanization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Available online 30 August 2011

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