Crises, Economic Integration and Growth Collapses in African Countries

Abdilahi Ali, Katsushi S. Imai

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The objective of this article is to explore the effects of crises and openness on a large sample of African countries. Focusing on sudden stops, currency, twin and sovereign debt crises, the article shows that crises are associated with growth collapses in Africa. In contrast, openness is found to be beneficial to growth. More specifically, consistent with standard Mundell–Fleming type models, greater openness to trade and financial flows is found to mitigate the adverse effects of crises. These findings are robust to various measures of both openness and crises as well as to endogeneity concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471- 501
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of African Economies
Issue number4
Early online date13 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2015


  • financial crises
  • economic integration
  • growth
  • Africa


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