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Primary Commodity Export And Economic Growth Nexus: The Case Of Ghana

The paper empirically investigates the long term and causal relationship between real export revenue and non-export GDP in Ghana. In doing this, the paper employs the ARDL-bounds approach to co-integration and unrestricted error correction model (UECM). The paper finds that, there is negative relationship between real export revenue and non-export GDP and there is also bi-directional relationship between the two variables over the period under consideration. The paper concludes that, there is a possibility of “immiserizing growth” in Ghana. This requires implementation of policies of export diversification to make use of the abundance of labour in Ghana in order to derive the maximum impact from exports and hence, economic growth

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