Essays on cultural and institutional dynamics in economic development using spatial analysis

Birabi, Timothy (2016) Essays on cultural and institutional dynamics in economic development using spatial analysis. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis seeks to research patterns of economic growth and development from a number of perspectives often resonated in the growth literature. By addressing themes about history, geography, institutions and culture the thesis is able to bring to bear a wide range of inter-related literatures and methodologies within a single content. Additionally, by targeting different administrative levels in its research design and approach, this thesis is also able to provide a comprehensive treatment of the economic growth dilemma from both cross-national and sub-national perspectives.

The three chapters herein discuss economic development from two broad dimensions. The first of these chapters takes on the economic growth inquiry by attempting to incorporate cultural geography within a cross-country formal spatial econometric growth framework. By introducing the global cultural dynamics of languages and ethnic groups as spatial network mechanisms, this chapter is able to distinguish economic growth effects accruing from own-country productive efforts from those accruing from interconnections within a global productive network chain. From this, discussions and deductions about the implications for both developed and developing countries are made as regards potentials for gains and losses from such types and levels of productive integration.

The second and third chapters take a different spin to the economic development inquiry. They both focus on economic activity in Africa, tackling the relevant issues from a geo-intersected dimension involving historic regional tribal homelands and modern national and subnational administrative territories. The second chapter specifically focuses on attempting to adopt historical channels to investigate the connection between national institutional quality and economic development in demarcated tribal homelands at the fringes of national African borders. The third chapter on the other hand focuses on looking closer at the effects of demarcations on economic activity. It particularly probes how different kinds of demarcation warranted by two different but very relevant classes of politico-economic players have affected economic activity quite distinguishably within the resulting subnational regions in Africa.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Economic growth, economic development, institutions, geography, culture, spatial analysis, panel data analysis, cross-sectional analysis.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Supervisor's Name: Ding, Dr. Sai
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Mr Timothy S. Birabi
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7600
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 15:35
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 15:37

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