nep-afr New Economics Papers
on Africa
Issue of 2018‒05‒28
four papers chosen by
Sam Sarpong
The University of Mines and Technology

  1. Modeling the Long-Run Relationship Between Exchange Rate-Tourism Pass-Through and Growth: The Case of Nigeria? By Nduka, Eleanya K.
  2. Colonial Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa By Ali, Merima; Fjeldstad, Odd†Helge; Jiang, Boqian; Shifa, Abdulaziz B.
  3. Investment attraction, competition and growth; theoretical perspective in the context of Africa By Senzu, Emmanuel Tweneboah
  4. Uganda and the refugee problem: challenges and opportunities By Ahimbisibwe, Frank

  1. By: Nduka, Eleanya K.
    Abstract: This study was motivated by the urgent need to diversify the Nigerian economy away from oil. The economy has since the 1970s relied on revenue from oil with attendant consequences from oil price swings. Thus, the study employs the relatively new Bounds testing approach of Pesaran, Shin, and Smith (2001) with the critical values and approximate p-values developed by Kripfganz and Schneider (2018), to test the effect of exchange rate-tourism pass-through effect on growth. In the literature, the tourism-led growth has been studied for various countries. However, this study is the first to investigate the impact of exchange rate-tourism pass-through effect on growth in addition to testing their main effects. And it reveals for the first time, an exchange rate-tourism-led growth. Thus, Nigeria should adopt sound policies in the tourism sector that would make it possible to take advantage of the naira depreciation.
    Keywords: Exchange rate, Tourism, Pass-through, Growth, Sector, Diversification.
    JEL: O13
    Date: 2018–05–07
  2. By: Ali, Merima; Fjeldstad, Odd†Helge; Jiang, Boqian; Shifa, Abdulaziz B.
    Abstract: African colonial history suggests that British colonial rule may have undermined state centralisation due to legacies of ethnic segregation and stronger executive constraints. Using micro†data from anglophone and francophone countries in sub†Saharan Africa, we find that anglophone citizens are less likely to identify themselves in national terms (relative to ethnic terms). To address endogeneity concerns, we utilise regression discontinuity by focusing on observations near anglophone−francophone borders, both across countries and within Cameroon. Evidence on taxation, security and the power of chiefs also suggests weaker state capacity in anglophone countries. These results highlight the legacy of colonial rule on state†building.
    Keywords: Governance,
    Date: 2018
  3. By: Senzu, Emmanuel Tweneboah
    Abstract: Examination in both theoretical and empirical perspective deduce that, the major indicators of modern economy growth, depends on the extent of economic financialization, commonly defined as capital stock, industrialization and Technological Advancement. The focus of this paper is to theorize investment attraction mechanism for a national economy in a global competitive arena taking a posteriori perspective of Africa politico-economic climate.
    Keywords: Investment Economics, Growth Economics, Macroeconomics, microeconomics
    JEL: E21 E22 O4 O42
    Date: 2018–05–09
  4. By: Ahimbisibwe, Frank
    Abstract: Uganda is one of the top refugee hosting countries in Africa and the world. It has been praised as a generous country with progressive refugee policies and laws that reflect the country’s national, regional and international obligations. However, a number of challenges ranging from increasing refugee numbers, protracted refugee situations, the burden of hosting of refugees, to limited resources and little international support threaten Uganda’s hospitality. This article looks at the major refugee protection challenges that confront Uganda. It further addresses some of the emerging opportunities which if seized could provide effective protection to the refugees. Finally, the paper concludes with policy implications.
    Keywords: Uganda; Refguees
    Date: 2018–05

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