30 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 2011
This essay investigates the determinants of the growth performance of Africa. I start by illustrating a broader research agenda which accounts not only for basic economic and demographic factors, but also for the role of history and institutional development. After reporting results from standard growth regressions, I analyze the role of Africas peculiar history, which has been marked by its colonization experience. Next I discuss the potential growth impact of state fragility, a concept which reflects multiple facets of the dysfunctions that plague the continent. The last topic I address is the influence, in and out of Africa, of the slave trades. The essay ends with critical conclusions and suggestions for further research.
Keywords: Africa, colonization, Growth, history, institutions, slavery, state fragility
JEL Classification: H11, N17, O43
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bertocchi, Graziella, Growth, Colonization, and Institutional Development: In and Out of Africa (July 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8486. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1890009
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