The geographical economy of South Africa / W.F. Krugell

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dc.contributor.author Krugell, Willem Frederik
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-17T13:50:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-17T13:50:18Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/789
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D. (Economics))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2005.
dc.description.abstract This study examines the determinants of economic growth at sub-national level in South Africa, and investigates cross-locality medium-term (five-year) growth rate differentials between 354 magisterial districts. The period in question is 1998 to 2002. A dynamic panel data regression model is used that includes measures of geography (distance and natural resources) as well as recent estimates of physical and human capital. It is found that the significant determinants of local economic growth are distance from internal markets, human capital, export propensity, and the capital stock of municipalities (reflecting institutional quality and governance on local government level). Distance from international harbours, as a measure of transport costs, and urban agglomeration (or density) affects growth indirectly through its significant effect on the ability of a region to export. Overall, these results indicate that geography is important for economic growth, independent of its effects in institutions. Bearing in mind the medium-term focus of the work, no evidence of absolute convergence could be found over a five-year period, rather the tentative evidence suggests slow beta convergence.
dc.publisher North-West University
dc.subject Geographic concentration en
dc.subject Agglomeration en
dc.subject Panel data regression en
dc.subject Growth determinants en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject Spatial economic development en
dc.title The geographical economy of South Africa / W.F. Krugell en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.thesistype Doctoral

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