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Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa's future. Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap. The growth of the global working-age population to 2030 will be driven primarily by Africa, which means that the relationship between growth and employment should be understood within the context of each country’s projected demographic challenge and the associated implications for employment growth. A better understanding of the structure of each country’s workforce and the resulting implications for human capital development, the vulnerably employed, and the working poor, will be critical to informing the development policy agenda. As a group, the six countries profiled in Africa’s Lions will largely shape the continent's future. Each country chapter focuses on the complex interactions between economic growth and employment outcomes, within the individual Africa’s Lions context.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. The Pursuit of Long-Run Economic Growth in Africa: An Overview of Key Challenges
  2. Haroon Bhorat and Finn Tarp
  3. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2. Ethiopia: An Agrarian Economy in Transition
  2. Yared Seid, Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, and Seid Nuru Ali
  3. pp. 37-76
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  1. 3. Ghana: A Successful Growth Story with Job Creation Concerns
  2. Ernest Aryeetey and William Baah-Boateng
  3. pp. 77-108
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  1. 4. Kenya: Economic Growth, Labor Market Dynamics, and Prospects for a Demographic Dividend
  2. Mwangi Kimenyi, Francis Mwega, and Njuguna Ndung’u
  3. pp. 109-144
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  1. 5. Mozambique: Growth Experience through an Employment Lens
  2. Sam Jones and Finn Tarp
  3. pp. 145-180
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  1. 6. Nigeria: The Relationship between Growth and Employment
  2. Olu Ajakaiye, Afeikhena Jerome, David Nabena, and Olufunke Alaba
  3. pp. 181-228
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  1. 7. South Africa: Demographic, Employment, and Wage Trends
  2. Haroon Bhorat, Karmen Naidoo, Morné Oosthuizen, and Kavisha Pillay
  3. pp. 229-270
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-282
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  1. Back Cover
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