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Christian Meyer

Christian Meyer

Christian J. Meyer is a consultant at the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Previously, he was a research associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD).

The diffusion of Africa’s ‘productivity islands’

Although Sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly attractive to investors, structural transformation and formal job growth remain slow. Industrial surveys in many countries show that some highly productive firms co-exist with many low-productivity businesses. Why do these “productivity islands” not diffuse more rapidly to create the “missing middle”? Our research (pdf) suggests three important factors.

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