Non-Parametric Diversity Indices of Technical Capability of African Countries

African Development Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 205-220, September 2006

Posted: 14 Feb 2007

Abstract

Academic research often claims that the lack of technical capability undermines Africa's economic growth. Policy decisions based on that claim then recommend technological improvement, where technology is generally treated as a homogenous manna from the heaven. This paper outlines four, and calculates two, broad indices of the diversity of technical capability of 14 African countries based on nine common descriptors of technical capability. It finds technical capability to be heterogeneous both within and across countries, and concludes that performance policies that overlook diversity of technical capability are potentially misleading, ineffective, and perhaps even damaging (growth retarding).

Keywords: diversity indices, technical capability, diversity technical capability

JEL Classification: O55, O49, C63, C65, P52

Suggested Citation

Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich S., Non-Parametric Diversity Indices of Technical Capability of African Countries. African Development Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 205-220, September 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962610

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