Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Samuel K. Andoh, Bernice J. deGannes Scott, Grace Ofori-Abebrese

March 2, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 116 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138486003 - CAT# K349405
Series: Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

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Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia investigates why two countries that appeared to be at more or less the same stage of economic development at one point in time have diverged so substantially.

At the time of their independence from the UK in 1957, both Ghana and Malaysia were at roughly the same stage of economic development; in fact, Ghana’s real per capita income was slightly ahead of Malaysia’s. Since then, Ghana’s development has been sluggish, while Malaysia’s economy has taken off into sustained growth and today, the real per capita income of Malaysia is about five times that of Ghana. This volume examines the pre-colonial and colonial economies of both countries, and the economic policies pursued after independence. In doing so, it aims to identify policies which might have contributed to Malaysia’s development and those which might have slowed Ghana’s. The authors ask whether lessons can be learned from the successes of countries such as Malaysia.

This detailed comparative analysis will be useful to students and researchers of development economics as well as public policy makers in developing countries. It is written in language which makes it accessible to the general reader.

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