Institutions and economic performance: Implications for African development
Journal of International Development
Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand, 2050 Johannesburg, South Africa
The recent economic performance of Sub Saharan Africa has been very disappointing. Its poverty has many dimensions and causes, both internal and external. This paper focuses on the role of institutions in promoting or hindering economic development in Africa and the implications for doing business on the continent. It questions our understanding of institutions and how they develop and warns against simplistic assumptions in this regard. The paper examines how it is that institutions come to affect economic growth and the characteristics of what makes for good institutions. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
business; economic development; economic growth; institutional development; poverty; Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa