New Books: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics available

The economists Celestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin have taken a monumental task to give new perspectives to african economics. This great work of almost 1500 pages from economic researchers and great thinkers is available right now. Here is a summary.

For a long time, economic research on Africa was not seen as a profitable venture intellectually or professionally-few researchers in top-ranked institutions around the world chose to become experts in the field. This was understandable: the reputation of Africa-centered economic research was not enhanced by the well-known limitations of economic data across the continent. Moreover, development economics itself was not always fashionable, and the broader discipline of economics has had its ups and downs, and has been undergoing a major identity crisis because it failed to predict the Great Recession.

2 Volumes, 93 Chapters, 143 contributors, 1312 Pages and 720.000 Words

Times have changed: many leading researchers-including a few Nobel laureates-have taken the subject of Africa and economics seriously enough to devote their expertise and creativity to it. They have been amply rewarded: the richness, complexities, and subtleties of African societies, civilizations, rationalities, and ways of living, have helped renew the humanities and the social sciences-and economics in particular-to the point that the continent has become the next major intellectual frontier to researchers from around the world.

Africa’s emergence as a potential economic powerhouse

In collecting some of the most authoritative statements about the science of economics and its concepts in the African context, the first of two volumes of this handbook opens up the diverse acuity of commentary on exciting topics, and in the process challenges and stimulates the quest for knowledge. Wide-ranging in its scope, themes, language, and approaches, this volume explores, examines, and assesses economic thinking on Africa, and Africa’s contribution to the discipline. The editors bring a set of powerful resources to this endeavor, most notably a team of internationally-renowned economists whose diverse viewpoints are complemented by the perspectives of philosophers, political scientists, and anthropologists. The set of analyses and reflections presented here try to endow each subject with depth and discovery.

The second of the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics-aims at reassessing the economic policies and practices observed across the continent since independence. It offers a collection of analyses by some of the leading economists and development thinkers of our time, and reflects a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints-even on the same topic. Africa’s emergence as a potential economic powerhouse in the years and decades ahead amply justifies the scope and ambition of the book.

Who are the Editors Celestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin?

Celestin Monga is Managing Director at the United a Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He previously worked as senior advisor and program director at the World Bank and has held various board and senior positions in academia and financial services. A graduate of MIT, Harvard, and the universities of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Bordeaux and Pau, Dr Monga was the Economics editor for the 5-volume New Encyclopedia of Africa (Charles Scribner’s, 2007). His published works have been translated into multiple languages.

Justin Yifu Lin is Councillor of the State Council and professor and honorary dean of the National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to this, Professor Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is a member of the Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference, and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

Hardcover: 608 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0199687110

ISBN-13: 978-0199687114


Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

Hardcover: 704 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0199687102

ISBN-13: 978-0199687107

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