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Thursday, 15 May 2008

Growth Diagnostics for South Africa

The South African National Treasury has just put on its web site all the papers that were completed during a two-year project that Dani Rodrik and other prominent economists were involved in (along with a long list of other economists and social scientists). The papers run from straightforward research exercises to detailed policy recommendations. If you want a summary of the main results and recommendations, read this piece by Ricardo Hausmann. Of course Zambia does not need experts, we have the IMF / World Bank to do the growth diagnostics for us!

4 comments:

  1. Of course Zambia does not need experts, we have the IMF / World Bank to do the growth diagnostics for us!

    Well, since the IMF/WB asks questions to the same people (Rodrik posted about a meeting he had on Zambia a while ago), Zambia is saving money ! lol.

    I haven't read any of the papers yet. Anything you particularly liked or found interesting ?

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  2. You have discussed Zamtel quite a lot on this blog, telecomms is important for economic growth but energy is key for growth. Would you being an economist talk or draw up a model for ZESCO. load shedding/power cuts for hours on end, Lusaka is ike Baghdad Iraq.
    Let's discuss what the IMF/World Bank has said about ZESCO's outlook.

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  3. Random,

    "I haven't read any of the papers yet. Anything you particularly liked or found interesting ?"

    I was particularly surprised that it would take two years to reach basic and obvious conclusions! lol!
    Perhaps I was too harsh on the IMF..they do come back with specifics and have STANDING TEAMS in the country.

    I have now gone through the papers and the only thing that I found out was that highly skilled black people are in high demand!!

    On a serious note, most of the papers were too obvious and a number of them disappointing..I read this one on crime by Christopher Stone...very poor quality.

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  4. Anonymous,

    We have covered ZESCO at length on this blog. Please see the "Energy" tag cloud for the blogs relating to that.

    You can also search at the bottom of the blog....for ZESCO..and you'll find plenty of discussions on this.

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