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Record number 431769
Title Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from British African Real Wages, 1880-1965
Author(s) Frankema, E.H.P.; Waijenburg, M. van
Source Journal of Economic History 72 (2012)4. - ISSN 0022-0507 - p. 895 - 926.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050712000630
Department(s) Rural and Environmental History
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) economic-development - great divergence - latin-america - inequality - geography - prices - revenue - origins - europe - labor
Abstract British colonial rule has often been praised for its comparatively benign features, such as its support of local educational development. This study argues that the impact of British educational policies and investments on the supply of schooling in British Africa should not be overstated. Until 1940, mission schools, mainly run by African converts, provided the bulk of education at extremely low costs. Given the limited financial capacity of missionary societies, the Africanization of the mission was a prerequisite for rising enrolment rates and this only occurred in areas where the demand for Western education was high. The British happened to control most of these “fertile” areas
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