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Exploring evidence of spatial economic agglomeration in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Koech Cheruiyot
Since Marshall's (1890) work on industrial districts in 19^{th} century England, agglomeration economies are credited for providing the needed catalytic role to economic growth and development. It does this by allowing critical masses, where knowledge spillovers among firms; labour market pooling;...
Jan 2020
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Construction, institutions and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

Paul Alagidede and Jones Odei Mensah
The construction sector in developing countries has propelled economic growth in the most recent period, yet analysis of growth performance has failed to take this into account. This article is a comparative analysis of the relationship between the construction sector and aggregate output for a...
Jul 2016
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Optimal Public Investment, Growth, and Consumption: Fresh Evidence from African Countries

Augustin Kwasi Fosu, Yoseph Getachew, Thomas H.W. Ziesemer
This paper develops a model positing a nonlinear relationship between public investment and growth. The model is then applied to a panel of African countries using nonlinear estimating procedures. The growth-maximizing level of public investment is estimated at about 10 percent of GDP based on...
Oct 2014
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Diagnosing Deep Roots of Development: Genetic, Disease and Environmental Factors

Johannes W. Fedderke, Robert E. Klitgaard, James P. MacMurray, Valerio Napolioni
We examine the association between indicators of real GDP per capita and the ACP1 genetic adaptation to disease and ultraviolet radiation environment. We find a strong impact that varies across the A, B, and C alleles. The result is robust to controlling for reversal of fortunes, migration, and...
Sep 2014
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South Africa’s Electricity Consumption: A Sectoral Decomposition Analysis

R. Inglesi-Lotz and J. Blignaut
South Africa's electricity consumption has increased sharply since the early 1990s. Here we conduct a sectoral decomposition analysis of the electricity consumption for the period 1993 to 2006, to determine the main drivers of this increase. The results show that the increase was due mainly to...
Feb 2011
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Does Human Generate Social and Institutional Capital? Exploring Evidence From Time Series Data in a Middle Income Country

Johannes Fedderke and John Luiz
This paper presents an analysis of the interaction of human capital investment and the development of social and political institutions. We find that human capital matters - for growth through its quality dimension; for distributional conflict by raising political aspirations. But human capital...
Mar 2005
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