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Good Growth and Governance in AfricaRethinking Development Strategies$
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Akbar Noman, Kwesi Botchwey, Howard Stein, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.001.0001

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Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons to be Learnt from the East Asian Experience

Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons to be Learnt from the East Asian Experience

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(p.437) 15 Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons to be Learnt from the East Asian Experience
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Good Growth and Governance in Africa
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Azizur Rahman Khan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.003.0015

The chapter focuses on the lessons that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) can learn on issues of employment policy from the historical experience of the East Asian pioneers. An essential characteristic of that experience was the high employment intensity of growth. It begins with a comparative analysis of the differences and similarities between SSA today and the East Asian pioneers when they embarked on their historical growth path in employment and labor market characteristics. After highlighting the meaning and role of high employment intensity in promoting efficient and inequality-averse growth, it examines the extent to which the SSA economies have succeeded in putting in place the institutions, development policies, and incentive systems that are conducive to high employment intensity of growth. Noting the diversity among the SSA countries, it concludes by identifying some broad areas of commonality among them with respect to these aspects of development.

Keywords:   employment, labor market, Sub-Saharan Africa, employment policy, development policy

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