Institutional differences and agricultural performance in sub-saharan Africa

Mahdi Asgari, Lia Nogueira

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The long term debate on the development failure of Africa considers a greater share for the role of institutions and their contribution to the agriculture sector. Governance indicators, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), are gaining more attention, compared to the 1970s and 1980s. The main purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of political and economic institutional differences on the overall agricultural performance of SSA countries. Corruption control, higher government expenditures, and enhanced investment freedom as well as higher share of health expenditures in GDP imply better governance and health situation in the countries and have a significant positive impact on the value added by agriculture to the GDP of those countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Issues in Global International Agricultural Trade and Development
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781634855860
ISBN (Print)9781634855686
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Agricultural performance
  • Growth
  • Institutions
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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