Confronting Colonial Legacies - Lessons from Human Development in Ghana and Kenya, 1880-2000

Moradi, Alexander (2008) Confronting Colonial Legacies - Lessons from Human Development in Ghana and Kenya, 1880-2000. Journal of International Development, 20 (8). pp. 1107-1121. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

A growing body of scholarly research locates the roots of Africas poverty in its colonial past. However, studies avoid tracing Africas development over the full course of history. In this paper, I quantify the changes in well-being of the African population in Ghana and Kenya, at the regional level, during the years 1880-2000. By using body stature as a measure of nutritional status I overcome the scarcity and unreliability of historical data. The two countries had a much more diverse development under colonial times than commonly assumed, with phases of substantial progress (which was also unevenly distributed between the regions). Based on these new findings I confront the existing colonial legacy literature and point to possible lessons that can be drawn from human development over the last 120 years.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Alexander Moradi
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:27
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 10:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20642
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