Structural Adjustment Reconsidered: Economic Policy and Poverty in Africa

Structural Adjustment Reconsidered: Economic Policy and Poverty in Africa

by David E. Sahn, Stephen D. Younger, Paul A. Dorosh
     
 

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The often emotional debate over the impact of structural adjustment on the poor in Africa has been confused by the complexity of economic reforms and their inconsistent implementation, the diversity of prior conditions, and confounding effects of external shocks. Professors Sahn, Dorosh, and Younger isolate from other factors the effect of specific policy measures

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The often emotional debate over the impact of structural adjustment on the poor in Africa has been confused by the complexity of economic reforms and their inconsistent implementation, the diversity of prior conditions, and confounding effects of external shocks. Professors Sahn, Dorosh, and Younger isolate from other factors the effect of specific policy measures associated with adjustment programs. The authors suggest that contrary to common belief, adjustment policies do not harm the poor in Africa. Reforms in fact usually benefit the poor slightly, but alone are insufficient to reduce poverty significantly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521665131
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

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