9780415298865

The African Manufacturing Firm: An Analysis Based on Firm Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    9780415298865

  • ISBN10:

    0415298865

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-06-19
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The African manufacturing sector continues to face many problems as it struggles to progress from its presently underdeveloped state. If the countries that make up Africa are ever to raise the living standards of the vast majority of its population to a more acceptable level, then the economic growth that would result from an enlarged and improved manufacturing sector may hold an important key. The book provides a useful source of greater understanding of African manufacturing Firms and the perplexing lack of widespread industrial growth during the post-colonial decades. Any reader wanting to understand the economic problems of Africa will need to read this book, and any student, academic or policy-maker working in the areas of development and industrial economics will find it to be a most useful

Table of Contents

List of figures ix
List of tables xi
Preface xix
Part I: Introduction 1(22)
1 The Economies of the Survey Countries in Africa
3(20)
Part II: The Economic Structure and Production Relations 23(62)
2 Size Distribution of Firms in African Manufacturing and Market Structure
25(38)
3 The Production Function in African Manufacturing: Relative Productivity of Small and Large Firms
63(22)
Part III: Factors of Production 85(144)
4 Entrepreneurial Firms in Africa
87(22)
5 Capital Markets - Finance
109(42)
6 Labor as a Factor of Production
151(34)
7 The Impact of Regulations and Infrastructure Relative to Other Problems Facing the Firm
185(24)
8 Contract Flexibility and Enforcement
209(20)
Part IV: Dynamics of Firm Behavior 229(118)
9 The Analysis of Capacity Utilization
231(10)
10 Technical Efficiency of Manufacturing Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa
241(42)
11 Investment
283(34)
12 The Growth of Firms (with Biggs, T., Ramachandran, V. and Shah, M.)
317(30)
Part V: Competitiveness and Exports 347(62)
13 African Competitiveness in World Markets
349(30)
14 Characteristics and Performance of Export Oriented Firms: Evidence from RPED Surveys
379(30)
Part VI: Conclusions 409(26)
15 Conclusions
411(24)
Bibliography 435(10)
Index 445

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