IMPORTANT DATA SOURCES

Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

CSAE Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria

Using this data set it is possible to run a panel estimation of a production function across five African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria.

CSAE Ghana RPED/GMES Data:

Regional Project on Enterprise Development & Ghana Manufacturing Enterprise Survey, Rounds I–VII (12 years: 1992-2003)

This dataset contains comprehensive data from a panel survey of firms operating within the Ghanaian manufacturing sector. It covers 12 years of data, collected in seven rounds over the period 1992 to 2003. Rounds I–III are annual surveys collected under the Regional Program on Enterprise Development (RPED) organized by the World Bank. Rounds IV-VI cover two years each. Round VII covers three years. The data was collected by a joint effort of the following organizations: the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), the University of Oxford, the University of Ghana, Legon and the Ghana Statistical Office.

CSAE Ghana Macro Data

Ghana's exports on a per capita basis failed to grow over the course of the twentieth century. The reasons for this outcome are examined in this paper. It is argued that the success which characterized the period before independence was due to the combination of an open trade policy and flexible factor markets. The reversal of such policies at the time of independence was the source of the subsequent decline. While the terms of trade for Ghana's exports have fluctuated substantially there has been little change in their level over the century. Economic failure since independence has been due to domestic policies limiting export growth. The reforms of the post 1983 period have succeeded in preventing further decline; they have failed to provide a policy environment in which rapid growth of exports can occur. The nature of this policy failure is discussed.

The Ghana and Tanzania Urban Household Panel Surveys: 2004-2006