Rational Asymmetric Development: Transfer Pricing and Sub-Saharan Africa's Extreme Poverty Tragedy

African Governance and Development Institute WP/15/017

23 Pages Posted: 31 May 2015

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: May 13, 2015

Abstract

A recent publication by the World Bank on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has established that extreme poverty has been decreasing in all regions of the world with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in spite of over two decades of growth resurgence. This chapter explores the role of transfer pricing in SSA’s extreme poverty tragedy. The analytical structure entails: (i) emphasis of rational asymmetric development as the dark side of transfer pricing, (ii) evidence that the recent growth resurgence in African countries has been driven substantially by resource-rich countries which are experiencing high levels of exclusive growth and extreme poverty, (iii) the practice of transfer pricing by multinationals operating in resource-rich countries of SSA and (iv) a Zambian case study of extreme poverty and transfer pricing schemes by Glencore in the copper industry. While transfer pricing is contributing to diminishing African growth, available evidence shows that the component growth that is not captured by transfer pricing does not trickle down to the poor because the African elite is also captured by practices of rational asymmetric development. Policy implications for the fight against extreme poverty are discussed.

Keywords: Transfer pricing, Asymmetric development; Extreme poverty: SSA

JEL Classification: F20; F50; H20; O11; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice, Rational Asymmetric Development: Transfer Pricing and Sub-Saharan Africa's Extreme Poverty Tragedy (May 13, 2015). African Governance and Development Institute WP/15/017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2612388

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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