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Economic Brief - The Search for Inclusive Growth in North Africa- A Comparative Approach


Key messages

• This paper shows that the longstanding relationship between growth and distribution in economics has been revived in recent years with greater focus on inclusive growth as growth that is capable of benefiting much larger sections of the society.

• The extensive descriptive review of a broad set of development indicators for the past two decades and an estimation of a combined single score for measuring ‘inclusive growth’ for individual countries has shown that overall North Africa has fared relatively better recently both in historical terms and compared to many other regions.

• Moreover, the same decade saw a raft of other encouraging achievements: life expectancy rose, educational and health indicators improved, the number and proportion of slum dwellers declined and more people enjoyed civic amenities such as access to improved drinking water and sanitation.

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