The Impact of Governance on Economic Growth: An Empirical Assessment in Sub-Saharan Africa

10 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2019

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Kokou Adzima

Independent

Kossi Baita

African Union Commission

Date Written: October 16, 2019

Abstract

In recent decades, issues of good governance and its impact on the well-being of populations have been at the heart of debates among researchers and international organizations. This article examines the impact of governance on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The panel data estimated shows that governance has a positive and significant impact on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa at the 1% threshold. An improvement of one unit of this composite governance indicator would lead to an increase in the economic growth of 19.43% on average. Effective governance and the rule of law are important determinants of economic growth. However, a country that improves these two indicators would encourage an increase in its economic growth. A better quality of institutions would reduce poverty through economic growth.

Keywords: governance, economic growth, Sub-Saharan Africa, panel data

JEL Classification: C33, E22, G38, H11, O11, O47

Suggested Citation

Adzima, Kokou and Baita, Kossi, The Impact of Governance on Economic Growth: An Empirical Assessment in Sub-Saharan Africa (October 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3470607 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3470607

Kokou Adzima (Contact Author)

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Kossi Baita

African Union Commission ( email )

Addis Adaba
Ethiopia

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