Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Alexander Moradi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


In 2000, sub-Saharan Africa was the poorest region in the world in terms of GDP per capita—and the home of the majority of the world’s poor. Issues discussed in this chapter include the roles of geography, institutions and historical legacies, and how these factors resulted in low productivity and low incomes. It includes a devastating criticism of the historical persistence literature. The author concludes by advising new scholars on conducting research on this region.

JEL Classification

N17 N27 N37 N47 N57 N77 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Moradi
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly

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