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Economic Development in Pre-Independence Botswana, 1820-1966: Historical Trends, Contributing and Countervailing Factors


Marek Hlavac


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

October 20, 2010


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This paper examines the trajectory of economic development in Botswana between the years 1820 and 1966, when it achieved independence. First, I review the historical trends in the country’s economic and social development indicators. I then proceed to analyze what factors have encouraged or hindered economic development in Botswana: In particular, I focus on the roles of physical geography, climate, disease ecology, economic and political institutions, geopolitical relations, demographic trends, as well as on ethnic divisions and cultural belief systems. Finally, I discuss how prepared Botswana was for modern economic growth when it gained independence in 1966.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Botswana, economic development, economic history, institutions, economic growth, economic geography

JEL Classification: N47, N57, O43, O10

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Date posted: October 20, 2010  

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Hlavac, Marek, Economic Development in Pre-Independence Botswana, 1820-1966: Historical Trends, Contributing and Countervailing Factors (October 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1694894 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1694894

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