Trade, Exchange Rate, and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Trade, Exchange Rate, and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Jean-Paul Azam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521865360

ISBN-13: 9780521865364

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this sophisticated yet accessible analysis of the open economies of Sub-Saharan Africa, Jean-Paul Azam analyses international trade, exchange rate issues, and longer-term growth, taking due account of the distinctive features of African economies. In particular, he examines the informal as well as the formal institutional frameworks which prevail in different

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In this sophisticated yet accessible analysis of the open economies of Sub-Saharan Africa, Jean-Paul Azam analyses international trade, exchange rate issues, and longer-term growth, taking due account of the distinctive features of African economies. In particular, he examines the informal as well as the formal institutional frameworks which prevail in different African countries and which affect their macroeconomic behaviour. Key issues explored include tariffs and quotas, membership of the CFA Zone, and currency convertibility or inconvertibility, as well as smuggling, corruption, parallel markets in goods and currencies, ethnic diversity and redistribution. Case studies of important macroeconomic events are used to establish basic stylized facts from which the theory emerges, and special attention is paid to the consequences of macroeconomic events for the poor, via the food market or traditional redistribution mechanisms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521865364
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Figures; Tables; 1. Introduction and overview; Part I. Unrecorded Trade in Goods and Currencies: 2. The welfare implications of unrecorded cross-border trade; 3. Parallel trade and currency convertibility; Part II. Foreign Exchange Constraints: 4. Dollars for sale: inflation and the black market premium; 5. The public debt constraint in the CFA zone; 6. Currency crises, food, and the cola nut effect; Part III. Longer-term Growth in African Countries: 7. Exchange rate, growth and poverty; 8. Export crops, human capital and endogenous growth; 9. Ethnic rents and the politics of redistribution; Conclusion; References; Index.

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