Should Africa try to learn from Asia? Lessons for and from Uganda
Lawrence, Peter and Thirtle, Colin (eds.)
Africa and Asia in comparative economic perspective.
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The failure of sub-Saharan Africa to achieve economic and human development is in stark constrast to the spectacular success of the Tiger economies of East Asia. Inevitably, the question arises of whether today's languishing economies can learn from the past experience of these success stories, or whether different sorts of remedies are needed to suit African conditions. The paper focuses on Uganda as a case study for this potential learning experience. Uganda has enjoyed a period of relative macroeconomic success in recent years, but this has yet to be translated into improvements at the microeconomic level. The experience of East Asia is analysed, and the success of factors categorised into replicable and nonreplicable factors. The feasibility of devising policies to encourage replicable success factors in the Ugandan context is explored, drawing on evidence from a survey of rural households in Uganda carried out under the auspices of the Bank of Uganda in 1997.
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