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Exploring sectoral elasticity vis–à–vis per worker income with a focus to agriculture: a study of Sub–Saharan Africa

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In this study, we explore the contribution from sectoral share towards per worker income in the Sub–Saharan Africa (SSA) region over the years, 1980 to 2009. Within the last three decades, agriculture and services did not contribute positively towards growth in per worker income. Manufacturing sector on the other hand, had a transcending effect with a positive contributory power (0.31%) towards the long–run growth and sustainability of the region. Therefore, 'targeted sub–sectoral' policy reforms to strengthen backward–forward integration of agriculture and services sectors with manufacturing operations whilst taking into account the historical diversity of the region are vital matters for development and growth discourse in the region.

Keywords: agriculture, manufacturing, services, economic growth, ARDL bounds approach, Sub–Saharan Africa, SSA, sectoral elasticity, worker income, sustainability, sustainable development

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