Driving Social Capital, Sectoral Development, Income Distribution and Banking Practices With Effective Policies to Achieve Economic Growth in African Economies
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Chair: Bichaka Fayissa, African Finance and Economic Association
Democracy and Income Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa
AbstractThe study sought to evaluate how democracy impacts on income distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Using panel data regressions spanning 1960-2011, the study found out that the impact of democracy on equal distribution of income in sub-Saharan Africa is positive. However, it did not show significant direct impact on income distribution as expected. The study found no evidence to support the presence of an inverted U-shaped effect of democracy on income distribution in the region, but the trend in the results suggests that democracy has indirect effects on income distribution. The impact of democracy on income distribution in sub-Saharan Africa was found to be significantly dependent on how stable a country’s democracy is, and was also found to be marginally dependent on economic development. A good combination of democracy and political stability is crucial to the reduction of income inequality in sub-Saharan Africa.
Social Capital and Adoption of Sustainable Management Practices of Non Timber Forest Product in Cameroon
AbstractThe renewable resource character of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is an opportunity to it sustainability, this study analyzed the role of social capital in the adoption of sustainable management practices of NTFPs by households in the community forest (CF) Morikouali-ye. The analysis shows that 67% of households surveyed perceive the level of degradation of NTFPs in their CF as time passes and are close to 74% for adoption of sustainable management practices of NTFPs that are domestication, sustainable management of the CF, the logging ban trees and uprooting plants, etc. 26% refused to adopt these practices estimate that, at 39% it is better to promote logging in the CF. The estimated probit model shows that social capital through trust, solidarity and social inclusion significantly influences the probability of households to adopt sustainable NTFP management practices. In addition, age, education level and income from the sale of NTFPs have a significant impact on the probability of a doption. The probability of adoption increases with the level of education and confidence among households. So should they be animated by a spirit of solidarity and trust and not let a game of competition for sustainable management of NTFPs in their CF.
Behavioral Determinants of Biofortied Food Acceptance: The Case of Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato in Ghana
AbstractBiofortifed foods are being introduced in sub-Saharan Africa as an important strategy to help address micronutrient malnutrition. However, there has been little research on factors that could play decisive roles in their successful introduction. This paper investigates the determinants of consumer acceptance of biofortied orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) using data from a choice experiment conducted in Ghana. I find that OFSP is preferred to traditional white-fleshed and yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes as indicated by consumers' marginal willingness to pay for the three varieties. I also find that respondents' socio-economic characteristics do not have a significant effect on consumer acceptance of OFSP. Conversely, providing consumers with information about the nutritional benefits of OFSP exert a substantial, positive and significant effect on their acceptance of the produce. Providing nutritional information thus appears to be more crucial in the successful introduction of OFSP and other biofortified foods.
Climate Change Effects on Cocoa Export: Case Study of Cote d’Ivoire
AbstractThis paper attempts at examining the long-run effect of climate change on export revenue of the cocoa industry of Cote d’Ivoire. We apply an Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) approach using time-series data for a period of 45 years from 1966-2011 to investigate this phenomenon. The results indicate that precipitation may affect cocoa export revenues in the Ivorian economy. This finding, in accordance with the Jones and Olken (2010) study, supports the notion of the adverse effects of precipitation on exports in least developing countries.
Start-Up Capital and Female Entrepreneurship in Africa: Evidence from Swaziland
AbstractThis paper examines gender differences in the amount and type of start-up capital and their links with entrepreneurial performance. It uses 2012 UN Swaziland Survey data of entrepreneurs to estimate a probit model with OLS and Quantile regression in a multivariate analysis. The empirical analysis from Swaziland shows that both women and men entrepreneurs with higher start-up capital and those who fund it from the formal financial sector post higher sales than those with smaller capital funded from other sources. Similarly to other African countries, women entrepreneurs in Swaziland have smaller start-up capital and are less likely to finance it from the formal sector than men. Further, women who receive family and professional support tend to start their firms more often with loans from formal sources than women without such support, pointing to a room for policy interventions.
- E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
- O1 - Economic Development