Private Investment and Endogenous Growth: Evidence from Cameroon

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Dhaneshwar Ghura

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: December 1997


This paper investigates empirically the factors that have influenced economic growth in Cameroon during 1963-96. The results, which support the endogenous-growth-type model, indicate that (1) the aggregate production function exhibits increasing returns to scale; (2) the impact of increases in private investment on growth is large, significant, and robust; (3) increases in government investment have a positive impact on growth; (4) human capital development plays an important role in output expansion; (5) positive externalities are generated by physical and human capital accumulation; and (6) growth is boosted by economic policies that foster external competitiveness and a prudent fiscal stance.

JEL Classification: O11, O40, O55, C22

Suggested Citation

Ghura, Dhaneshwar, Private Investment and Endogenous Growth: Evidence from Cameroon (December 1997). IMF Working Paper No. 97/165, Available at SSRN:

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