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Political business cycles, democratization, and economic reform: the case of Africa
Abstract This paper presents cross-country evidence that political business cycles are alive and well in the nascent democracies of the developing world. Africa provides fertile ground for the studyExpand
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Macro shocks and micro outcomes: child nutrition during Indonesia's crisis.
A survey of households in rural Java is used to assess the nutritional impact of Indonesia's drought and financial crisis of 1997/1998. A time-age-cohort decomposition reveals significant nutritionalExpand
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The dynamics of livelihood diversification in post-famine Ethiopia
Abstract Based on data for almost 300 households this paper explores associations among income diversification, household perceptions of livelihood risks, and changes in consumption outcomes acrossExpand
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The recovery of agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa
Abstract This paper presents a new view of cross-country agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time, the “wheat units” approach to output aggregation is applied to Africa.Expand
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The price of democracy: sovereign risk ratings, bond spreads and political business cycles in developing countries
Abstract This study examines the proposition that political business cycle theory is relevant to private foreign lenders to developing countries. We find that: credit rating agencies downgradeExpand
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The Decline and Rise of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1961
Agricultural productivity growth in sub-Saharan Africa has been a qualified success. Total factor productivity growth has increased rapidly since the early 1980s. By the early 2000s, average annualExpand
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Maternal nutrition knowledge versus schooling as determinants of child micronutrient status
This study considers the demand for child micronutrient status (represented by hemoglobin concentration). A central focus concerns the distinct roles of maternal schooling versus maternal nutritionExpand
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Multiparty Competition, Founding Elections and Political Business Cycles in Africa
Political business cycle (PBC) theory and empirics typically assume that elections are competitive. Yet, as empirical work on PBCs turns increasingly to developing countries for evidence, thisExpand
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Does Africa Grow Differently
This paper argues that understanding the mechanisms of growth requires going beyond the reduced form, and demonstrates important differences in the mechanisms of growth in Africa. Certain policyExpand
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