Prioritising Interventions for Sustainable Structural Transformation in Africa: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach

Review of Social Economy, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp. 297-325, 2019

15 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2019 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019

See all articles by Bartholomew K. Armah

Bartholomew K. Armah

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Seung Jin Baek

United Nations

Date Written: May 20, 2019

Abstract

Development paradigms offer competing theories on the drivers of structural transformation. Most of the analysis has so far focused on the economic factors with little emphasis placed on either the social or environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Furthermore, there has been little theoretical or empirical analysis of how the three dimensions (e.g., economic, social, and environmental) interact to impact on structural transformation. This leaves an important gap in the literature since the three sectors are interlinked, not mutually exclusive, and hence cannot be analysed in isolation from one another. Using a panel data set for a group of 29 African countries spanning the period 1995-2011, this study employs a structural equation modelling approach to estimate the direct and indirect impacts of social, economic and environmental indicators on a composite index of structural transformation. We find that strategies that prioritise investments in social inclusion programmes have the greatest catalytic effect in advancing structural transformation in Africa.

Keywords: structural transformation, sustainable development, structural equation modelling, Africa, development planning

JEL Classification: C3, L16, O55, Q01

Suggested Citation

Armah, Bartholomew K. and Baek, Seung Jin, Prioritising Interventions for Sustainable Structural Transformation in Africa: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach (May 20, 2019). Review of Social Economy, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp. 297-325, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3397556

Bartholomew K. Armah

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ( email )

Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Seung Jin Baek (Contact Author)

United Nations ( email )

Kuwait

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