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Industries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered

Richard Newfarmer, John Page, and Finn Tarp


Structural transformation in Africa has become a hot topic. One of the earliest stylized facts of development economics is that low-income countries have large differences in output per worker across sectors, and movement of workers from low- to high-productivity sectors—structural transformation is a key driver of economic growth. Between 1950 and 2006, about half of the catch-up by developing countries—led by East Asia—to advanced economy productivity levels was due to rising productivity within manufacturing combined with structural transformation out of agriculture. Manufacturing has the c ... More

Keywords: Africa, structural transformation, industries without smokestacks, economic growth, manufacturing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Newfarmer, editor
Country Director, International Growth Centre (London School of Economics and Oxford University, UK

John Page, editor
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution, USA

Finn Tarp, editor
Director, UNU-WIDER, Finland

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1 Industries without Smokestacks and Structural Transformation in Africa

Richard S. Newfarmer, John Page, and Finn Tarp

4 Tourism Global Value Chains and Africa

Jack Daly and Gary Gereffi

6 Air Transport in Africa

Heinrich C. Bofinger

7 How Trucking Services Have Improved and May Contribute to Economic Development

Charles Kunaka, Gaël Raballand, and Mike Fitzmaurice

8 Trade in Services

Bernard Hoekman

12 Industries without Smokestacks

António S. Cruz and Fausto J. Mafambissa

13 Senegal

E. Philip English

14 Understanding and Characterizing the Services Sector in South Africa

Haroon Bhorat, Christopher Rooney, and François Steenkamp

15 Employment and Productivity Growth in Tanzania’s Service Sector

Mia Ellis, Margaret McMillan, and Jed Silver

16 Rwanda

Kasim Munyegera Ggombe and Richard S. Newfarmer

18 Regional Opportunities in East Africa

Stephen Karingi, Ottavia Pesce, and Lily Sommer

19 Integration Along the Abuja Road Map

Jaime de Melo, Mariem Nouar, and Jean-Marc Solleder

20 Widening the Options

Richard S. Newfarmer, John Page, and Finn Tarp

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