The African Manufacturing Firm: An Analysis Based on Firm Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The African Manufacturing Firm

An Analysis Based on Firm Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition

By Ata Mazaheri, Dipak Mazumdar


472 pages

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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. The comprehensive coverage includes such themes as:

*the size and distribution of firms in Africa

*entrepreneurship, labour and the regulatory and business environments in Africa

*the dynamic problem of growth and investment of firms

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 guide.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Economies of the Survey Countries in Africa

Part II: The Economic Structure and Production Relations

Part III: Factors of Production

Part IV: Dynamics of Firm Behavior

Part V: Competitiveness and Exports

Part VI: Conclusions

About the Authors

Dipak Mazumdar is Professor at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

Ata Mazaheri is at the University of Toronto, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development