Associate Professor of Economics.
Special Issue Article
Legislative democracy, economic growth and multi-dimensional poverty in sub-Sahara Africa
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Special Issue: The Institutions of Development and the Development of Institutions
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 443–460, April 2011
How to Cite
Saha, J. C. (2011), Legislative democracy, economic growth and multi-dimensional poverty in sub-Sahara Africa. J. Int. Dev., 23: 443–460. doi: 10.1002/jid.1779
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2011
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2011
- multi-dimensional poverty;
- legislative democracy;
- sub-Sahara Africa
We examine the consequence of legislative competition on the long-term impact of growth on three-dimensional poverty in a panel of 32 sub-Saharan African countries. A measure of this poverty is constructed from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s Human Development Index (HDI). Legislative competition is considered as inversely proportional to the proportion of parliamentary seats occupied by the major political party. From the results, one success story emerges—Ethiopia, where growth reduces poverty thanks to virtuous legislative democracy—and one failure story emerges—Republic of Congo, where growth increases poverty because of vicious legislative competition. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.