Accepted paper:

Structural Change and Inequality in Sub-Saharan African Economies

Authors:

David Potts (University of Bradford)

Paper short abstract:

This paper reviews evidence on structural change and trends in inequality in a range of Sub-Saharan African economies that have experienced varying rates of economic growth in the last twenty years.

Paper long abstract:

This paper reviews evidence on structural change and trends in inequality for a range of Sub-Saharan African economies that have experienced varying rates of economic growth in the last twenty years. The paper follows up an earlier paper that focused on a smaller number of economies and widens the scope to cover a larger selection of economies that includes both low growth economies and some Francophone countries. Comparisons will be made with between the different economies to establish potential causes of any observed differences. The paper will consider: To what extent has economic growth been associated with structural change in the countries under consideration? To what extent has such structural change been accompanied by changes in inequality? Are there any structural factors that can be associated with differences in the share of economic growth accruing to the poorest groups? Are there any common factors that explain the differences in economic performance?

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