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Benin Institutional Diagnostic – Chapter 1 (first draft)

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Benin Institutional Diagnostic

This publication is the first draft of an introductory chapter for the Benin Institutional Diagnostic. To see the final versions of all publications arising from this study, visit our Benin Institutional Diagnostic overview.

Chapter 1: A first assessment of institutional constraints on the development of Benin

Chapter outline:
  1. Mapping Benin: geography, historical legacies, ethnicity and politics
    • Geography
    • Deep historical legacies
    • Ethnicity
    • Recent political history
      • Political instability before and after independence: 1944 to 1972
      • A Marxist-Leninist Revolution: 1972-1990
      • Democratic Renewal: 1990 to 2017
    • Conclusion
  2. Benin’s economic development from 1960
    • Economic growth (aggregate)
    • Growth and structural change
    • Specific structural characteristics
      • Leading real sectors
      • The financial system
    • The structure of aggregate spending
    • External trade
    • Financing of the economy
    • Physical Infrastructure
    • Social Indicators
      • Poverty incidence and inequality
      • Education
      • Health
  1. Binding constraints on Benin’s economic development

Authors: Romain Houssa, Jean-Philippe Platteau, Paul Reding

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