Growth and structural change in Africa: Development strategies for the learning economy

Bengt Åke Lundvall, Rasmus Lema

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This paper discusses opportunities and policy options for African countries seeking innovation and learning based development strategies. What kind of policies and institutions are necessary in order to transform the current increase in rents from commodities exports into industrial investment and upgrading of agriculture and agro-industrial development? This question is raised in the context of competing theories about economic development. On the basis of empirical patterns and theoretical considerations we discuss policy options in relation to the African reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-466
Number of pages12
JournalAfrican Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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