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The Changing Structure of Africa's Economies

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
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Policy Research Working Papers
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Diao, Xinshen
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Harttgen, Kenneth
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McMillan, Margaret
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2017-02-02T17:22:36Z
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2017-02-02T17:22:36Z
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2017-01
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2017-12-14T09:03:51Z
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Data from the Groningen Growth and Development Center's Africa Sector Database and the Demographic and Health Surveys reveals that much of Africa's recent growth and poverty reduction has been associated with a substantive decline in the share of the labor force engaged in agriculture. This decline is most pronounced for rural females over the age of 25 who have a primary education; it has been accompanied by a systematic increase in the productivity of the labor force, as it has moved from low productivity agriculture to higher productivity services and manufacturing. Although the employment share in manufacturing is not expanding rapidly, in most of the low-income African countries the employment share in manufacturing has not peaked and is still expanding, albeit from very low levels. More work is needed to understand the implications of these shifts in employment shares for future growth and development in Africa south of the Sahara.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/610711485791961374/The-changing-structure-of-Africas-economies
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/25995
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English
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en_US
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper;No. 7958
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
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structural change
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labor productivity
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structural transformation
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economic growth
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poverty reduction
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labor market
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labor productivity
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services
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manufacturing
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employment shares
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The Changing Structure of Africa's Economies
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Working Paper
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2017-01-30
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/610711485791961374/The-changing-structure-of-Africas-economies
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yes
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10.1596/1813-9450-7958
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090224b0848d94ab_1_0
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27143407
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WPS7958
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true
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en
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/610711485791961374/pdf/WPS7958.pdf
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Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Agriculture :: Agricultural Sector Economics
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Industry :: Industrial Economics
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Macroeconomics and Economic Growth :: Economic Growth
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Macroeconomics and Economic Growth :: Economic Theory & Research
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Social Protections and Labor :: Labor Markets
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Operations and Strategy Team, Development Economics Vice Presidency

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