Chapter 1.An Introduction to the Studies on Economic Development and Growth in selected African Countries -- Part A. Women’s empowerment and demand for healthcare -- Chapter 2:Measuring Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda -- Chapter 3:Role of Insurance in Demand for Healthcare in Rwanda -- Part B. Impact of institutions, aid, inflation and FDI on economic growth -- Chapter 4: Economic Growth and the Impact of Institutions -- Chapter 5: Fiscal Effects of Aid in Rwanda -- Chapter 6:Exploring the Relationship between Inflation and Real Economic Growth in Rwanda -- Chapter 7: Addis YIMER, Macroeconomic, Political and Institutional Determinants of FDI Inflows to Ethiopia -- Part C. Capital structure and bank loan growth effects -- Chapter 8: Yitbarek TAKELE and Daniel BESHIR, Firm-specific Determinants of Insurance Companies’ Capital Structures in Ethiopia -- Chapter 9: Atnafu GEBREMESKEL, Income Distribution and Economic Growth -- Part D. Trade, mineral exports and exchange rate -- Chapter 10: Johannes O. BOCKMANN, SME Trade with sub-Saharan Africa -- Chapter 11: Emmanuel MUSHIMIYIMANA, An Assessment of the Contribution of Mineral Exports to Rwanda’s Total Exports -- Chapter 12: Fentahun BAYLIE, Testing the External Balassa Hypothesis for Low and Middle Income Countries -- Part E. Growth, productivity and efficiency in various industries -- Chapter 13: Hassen AZIME, Gollagari RAMAKRISHNA and Melesse ASFAW, Agricultural Tax Responsiveness and Economic Growth in Ethiopia -- Chapter 14: Olaide R. AKANDE and Hephzibah O. OBEKPA, Improving Agricultural Productivity in sub-Saharan Africa -- Chapter 15: Eric UWITONZE and Almas HESHMATI, Service Sector Development and its Determinants in Rwanda -- Chapter 16. Masoomeh RASHIDGHALAM, Labor-use Efficiency in Kenyan Manufacturing and Service Industries.
This book is a collection of studies on economic development and growth in selected African countries. It consists of an introduction/summary and 15 inter-related empirical studies grouped into 5 research areas: women’s empowerment and demand for healthcare; the impact of institutions, aid, inflation and FDI on economic growth; capital structure and bank-loan growth effects; trade, mineral exports and exchange rate; and growth, productivity and efficiency in various industries. While it provides a comprehensive picture of the state of economic development and growth in most parts of the continent, the main focus is on economic development and growth in Ethiopia and Rwanda – two countries undergoing rapid economic and social development..