• Robert H. Bates


The Political Origins of Africa’s Economic Revival. Robert Bates, 2015, Book Chapter. "Writing in the 1990s, William Easterly and Ross Levine (1997) famously labeled Africa a “growth tragedy.” Less than 20 years later, Alwyn Young (2012) noted Africa’s “growth miracle,” and Steven Radelet (2010) less effusively pointed to an Africa that was “emerging” and noted the continent’s rising rate of economic growth, improving levels of education and health care, and increasing levels of investment in basic infrastructure: roads, ports, and transport. In this paper we address Africa’s economic revival. In doing so, we also stress the political changes that have taken place on the continent." Link