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African Successes, Volume II

Human Capital

Studies of African economic development frequently focus on the daunting challenges the continent faces. From recurrent crises to ethnic conflicts and long-standing corruption, a raft of deep-rooted problems has led many to regard the continent as facing many hurdles to raise living standards. Yet Africa has made considerable progress in the past decade, with a GDP growth rate exceeding five percent in some regions. The African Successes series looks at recent improvements in living standards and other measures of development in many African countries with an eye toward identifying what shaped them and the extent to which lessons learned are transferable and can guide policy in other nations and at the international level.
The second volume in the series, African Successes: Human Capital turns the focus toward Africa’s human capital deficit, measured in terms of health and schooling. It offers a close look at the continent’s biggest challenges, including tropical disease and the spread of HIV.

384 pages | 2 halftones, 32 line drawings, 110 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2016

National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor, Economics--Development, Growth, Planning, Health Economics

Table of Contents

Series Introduction
Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil
Volume Introduction
Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil
  1. Health
1. Evaluating the Effects of Large-Scale Health Interventions in Developing Countries:
The Zambian Malaria Initiative
Nava Ashraf, Günther Fink, and David N. Weil
2. Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Reproductive Behavior in Zambia
Nicholas Wilson
3. Stimulating Demand for AIDS Prevention: Lessons from the RESPECT Trial
Damien de Walque, William H. Dow, Carol Medlin, and Rose Nathan
4. Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso
Richard Akresh, Damien de Walque, and Harounan Kazianga
  1. Gender Issues
5. Girl Power: Cash Transfers and Adolescent Welfare: Evidence from a Cluster-Randomized Experiment in Malawi
Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, Jacobus de Hoop, and Berk Özler
6. Comparing Economic and Social Interventions to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Central and Southern Africa
Radha Iyengar and Giulia Ferrari
7. Family Ties, Inheritance Rights, and Successful Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Ghana
Edward Kutsoati and Randall Morck
  1. Education
8. The Surprisingly Dire Situation of Children’s Education in Rural West Africa: Results from the CREO Study in Guinea-Bissau (Comprehensive Review of Education Outcomes)
Peter Boone, Ila Fazzio, Kameshwari Jandhyala, Chitra Jayanty, Gangadhar Jayanty, Simon Johnson, Vimala Ramachandran, Filipa Silva, and Zhaoguo Zhan
9. Success in Entrepreneurship: Doing the Math
Michael Kremer, Jonathan Robinson, and Olga Rostapshova

10. The Returns to the Brain Drain and Brain Circulation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Computations Using Data from Ghana
Yaw Nyarko
Author Index
Subject Index

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