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Linkages in South African Economic Development

Industrialisation without Diversification?

by Oliver Schwank (Author)
©2010 Thesis X, 202 Pages
Open Access

Summary

How can South Africa diversify its industrial sector so that it is less dependent on mineral exports, increases labour absorption and reduces unemployment? This book sheds more light on the structure of South Africa’s economy, its industrial sector and inter-sectoral linkages by simulating an economic geography model of the vertical linkages type, by testing linkage strength econometrically and by analysing industrial policy’s role in shaping its development path. It finds that linkages did play an important role in industrial development in South Africa, yet they have often been reinforced by policy interventions. Industrial policy is still geared to benefit the sectors close to the country’s mineral endowment, and thus contributes to South Africa‘s lopsided industrial development.

Details

Pages
X, 202
Year
2010
ISBN (PDF)
9783631753859
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631587010
DOI
10.3726/b13904
Open Access
CC-BY
Language
English
Publication date
2018 (August)
Keywords
Industrielle Entwicklung Industriepolitik Neue Ökonomische Geographie
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 202 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Oliver Schwank (Author)

Oliver Schwank is a development economist with research interests in industrial development and the political economy of development, in particular in the South African context. He completed his Ph.D. at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and continues to work on African development issues.

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