Manufacturing Export, Infrastructure and Institutions: Reflections from ECOWAS

  • Uchenna R. Efobi
  • Evans S. Osabuohien
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


This study examines the extent of manufacturing export in ECOWAS countries, how it has been affected by the extent of infrastructural development and the distilling role of institutions. In retrospect, we present stylized facts that proves that ECOWAS poor infrastructural development has largely being driven by the poor institutions, which promotes private benefits rather than public good (such as infrastructure). In essence, this has hampered manufacturing export and reduced the extent of competitiveness of these countries.


ECOWAS Infrastructural provision Institutions Manufacturing export Manufacturing value added 

JEL Classification

F13 F31 



The authors are grateful to CREPOL and for the grant that made it possible to attend the annual conference on regional integration in Africa (ACGRIA5), organized by CREPOL, July 2014 at Praia, Cape Verde, where the first draft of this paper was presented. All comments from the conference participants are highly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AccountingSchool of Business, College of Development Studies, Covenant UniversityOtaNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Development StudiesCovenant UniversityOtaNigeria
  3. 3.German Development InstituteBonnGermany

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