• Ellen Hillbom
  • Jutta Bolt
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


In their concluding chapter Hillbom and Bolt return to the relevance of studying Botswana as a case of natural resource-driven growth. They highlight the exceptional growth trajectory as well as the remaining challenges. They give a brief recap of the storyline in the book and then turn to presenting the most important lessons learned from the study. The takeaways are organized around the three cross-cutting approaches, that is, decompressing of history, multicausal interaction between geography/factor endowments and institutions, and the role of the state in the development process; and three themes, that is, the two growth periods, differentiation between growth and development, and long-term trends in inequality. They end the chapter with reflection on their main contribution towards writing African economic history broadly and understanding Botswana specifically.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Hillbom
    • 1
  • Jutta Bolt
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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