Neo-colonialism Nation building / gain authority Keynesian Aid / trade dependent Diplomatic pressure ‘removal’ of ‘hostile’ leaders Heavy state intervention: banking, education, infrastructure ‘developmentalism’ ideology led to authoritarian governance Mimic USSR: achieve growth
BUT INEQUALITY basic needs not met focus on capital intensive industry rate of urbanisation > rate of wage growth PRIMARY PRODUCT DEPENDENCY No manufactured X decline in terms of trade = vulnerability World Bank! NO TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE urban – rural income gap need to import food no growth FAILURE TO ENCOURAGE ENTERPRISE ideological aversion to entrepreneurship education still lacking RENT-SEEKING GOVERNMENTS short-termism inability to consider longer-term growth/development
The ‘crisis years’, 1974-early 1980s 1975-1983: only 3 years saw any positive growth, on average, in Africa 1983: African economies’ GDP per capita fell on average by 5% Why? – Falling commodity prices and falling demand Recession in the developed world Consequences – Balance of payments crises – Economic stagnation and decline
The ‘crisis years’ – available policies Option 1 – Accept BoP crisis as structural & long- term – Restructure economy – Change the development model Option 2 – See BoP crisis as temporary – Borrow from abroad to finance the deficit – Advice and pressure from external lenders e.g. World Bank / IMF
The adjustment years, early 1980s to mid 1990s Option 2 ‘chosen’ – Copy East Asian model Rely on markets, not gov’t intervention Export orientation rather than import substitution is key – Slash public sector spending – Focus on primary product comparative advantage
“While some aspects of this [Asian] model (for instance, greater political insulation of economic policy makers) could reasonable be achieved in African countries, the extensive co-ordinated economic interventions of the East Asian states are well beyond the administrative faculties of most African governments” Lewis, 1996 “...no major expansion occurred in the diversity of products exported by most of the sub-Saharan African countries, although there one or two exceptions like Madagascar and Kenya. Indeed, the product composition of some of the African countries’ exports may have become more concentrated” Ng and Yeats, 2000
Far from supporting a minimalist approach to the state, these examples have shown that development requires an effective state, one that plays a catalytic, facilitating role, encouraging and complementing the activities of private businesses and individuals...History has repeatedly shown that good government is not a luxury but a vital necessity. Without an effective state, sustainable development, both economic and social is impossible” Wolfensohn, 1997
A familiar macroeconomic framework GDP = C + I + G + X – M GDP = (C + I + G) + X – M GDP = Domestic Absorption + X – M GDP + M – X = Domestic Absorption GDP + trade gap = Domestic Absorption So, if an economy spends more on final goods and services than it can produce, its imports will exceed its exports by the value of the excess expenditure over GDP. This ‘trade deficit’ must be financed i.e. paid for Tanzania persistently has a trade gap about 10% - 18% above GDP, although now shrinking
LDCs and trade deficits Very common in 1980s and 1990s! – Dramatic fall in commodity prices – Global recessions of 1981-82 and 1991-93 – Increased protectionism in developed world against LDC exports
Financing trade deficits using current flows Factor payments Wages, rent, interest and profit Transfer payment Payments not made in return for providing factors of production – Official grants from govt’s, NGOs or international institutions – Money received from permanent overseas factors Tanzanian factor payments have a negative balance, and transfer payments historically fund around a quarter of the trade deficit
Other methods Draw on official foreign exchange reserves Capital account transactions – Dealing in financial assets (public and/or private) – FDI from abroad Requires good rates of interest! LDCs such as Tanzania hold very limited foreign exchange reserves. Small, low income countries also tend to have limited access to capital markets, as their economies are vulnerable. Historically, Tanzania found it difficult to attract FDI but rising tourism and demand for commodities from China is helping.
Remaining options? GDP + trade gap = domestic absorption Now subtract Consumption (public + private)from both sides Savings + trade gap = Investment Rearranging, gives: Trade gap (i.e. M – X) = Investment - Savings This is the key relationship for many macro policy makers in LDCs
Mean African current account deficit (% GDP) 1960 to 2000
Implications for LDCs Low income Low savings ratioLow absolute savings Investment cannot be funded domestically Aid is an essential source of finance for investment
Aid used for investment in: - Import-substituting industry - Capital-intensive industry Investment managed by donors Foreign aid ‘matched’ by domestic spending - Gov’t had to print money! - Rising inflation - Falling real incomes -More aid = more inflation = more poverty
Consequences Falling real income, overly rapid urbanisation, mass unemployment due to investment in capital-intensive industries, internal political strife Increasing trade deficit Even more aid! Worsened by falling terms of trade!
1987 - 2001 1.Export volumes increased by 9.9% p.a. 2.Exports of services (tourism) grew most quickly, and agricultural exports least quickly 3. Rate of increase in export volumes not matched by rate of increase in purchasing power of exports – negative for agricultural exports!
‘Reversion to the mean’ Shocks aside, most African current account deficits now appear to be stable (exceptions are Burkina Faso, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritania and Senegal, which will become more reliant on international transfers) Attempts to reduce deficits (e.g. devaluation) will only have short-run, temporary effects – no difference to long run deficit
Chinese FDI Rising terms of trade Rising purchasing power Shelter from financial crisis Debt relief Political stability Chinese FDI Incredible growth Sound economic management
Recent Tanzanian key economic data 19982007 Gov’t spending as % of GDP12.4%20.8% Investment as % of GDP14.6%45% Consumption as % of GDP82.8%72.3% GDP (2001 = 100)80.5152 Value of Exports (2001 = 100)82183 Value of Imports (2001 = 100)95178