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The Ivory Coast Economic ‘Miracle’: What Benefits for Peasant Farmers?


The pattern of rapid economic growth in the Ivory Coast since the early 1950s has been frequently described with some hyperbole, by foreign experts and Ivorian politicians, as an economic ‘miracle’. While most African nations, with the exception of the oil-exporters, have taken a rough ride on the economic roller-coaster during the past two decades, and while some like Guinea, Ghana, and Uganda, have followed a steadily downward trajectory, the economic fortunes of the Ivory Coast have improved consistently.

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Gerald Helleiner , ‘The Fiscal Role of Marketing Boards in Nigerian Economic Development, 1947–64’, in Economic Journal (London), 74, 3, 1964, pp. 583610.

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The Journal of Modern African Studies
  • ISSN: 0022-278X
  • EISSN: 1469-7777
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