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Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp


While the economic growth renaissance in sub-Saharan Africa is widely recognized, much less is known about progress in living conditions. This book comprehensively evaluates trends in living conditions in sixteen major sub-Saharan African countries, corresponding to nearly 75 per cent of the total population. Authors, all with extensive knowledge of the country in question, were charged with conducting a careful assessment of the full range of available evidence to provide a succinct storyline and systematic explanation for trends in living conditions. A striking diversity of experience emerge ... More

Keywords: sub-Saharan Africa, economic growth, development, poverty, poor, living conditions, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744795
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Channing Arndt, editor
Senior Research Fellow, World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University

Andy McKay, editor
Professor of Development Economics, University of Sussex

Finn Tarp, editor
Chair, Development Economics, University of Copenhagen; Director, UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

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1 Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp

2 Synthesis

Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp

Part 1 Rapid Growth and Rapid Poverty Reduction

3 Poverty in Ethiopia, 2000–11

David Stifel and Tassew Woldehanna

4 Ghana

Andy McKay, Jukka Pirttilä, and Finn Tarp

6 Growth, Poverty Reduction, and Inequality in Rwanda

Andy McKay and Marijke Verpoorten

7 Poverty and its Dynamics in Uganda

Bjorn Van Campenhout, Haruna Sekabira, and Dede Houeto Aduayom

Part 2 Rapid Growth but Limited Poverty Reduction

8 Burkina Faso

Michael Grimm, Claude Wetta, and Aude Nikiema

9 Mozambique

Channing Arndt, Sam Jones, and Finn Tarp

10 Spatial and Temporal Multidimensional Poverty in Nigeria

Olu Ajakaiye, Afeikhena T. Jerome, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, Kristi Mahrt, and Olufunke A. Alaba

11 Growth and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania

Channing Arndt, Lionel Demery, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp

Part 3 Uninspiring/Negative Growth and Poverty Reduction

13 Slow Progress in Growth and Poverty Reduction in Cameroon

Samuel Fambon, Andy McKay, Joseph-Pierre Timnou, Olive Stéphanie Kouakep, Anaclet Désiré Dzossa, and Romain Tchakoute Ngoho

14 The Fall of the Elephant

Denis Cogneau, Kenneth Houngbedji, and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps

15 Incomes, Inequality, and Poverty in Kenya

Arne Bigsten, Damiano Kulundu Manda, Germano Mwabu, and Anthony Wambugu

16 Utility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001–10

David Stifel, Tiaray Razafimanantena, and Faly Rakotomanana

17 Poverty, Inequality, and Prices in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Murray Leibbrandt, Arden Finn, and Morné Oosthuizen

Part 4 Low-Information Countries

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