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Understanding South Africa's Economic Puzzles

Dani Rodrik

NBER Working Paper No. 12565
Issued in October 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper was prepared for the Harvard University Center for International Development Project on South Africa. I have greatly benefited from the guidance and insights of Trevor Manuel, Alan Hirsch, Lesetja Kganyago, and Ismail Momoniat. I also thank Philippe Aghion, Abhijit Banerjee, Ricardo Caballero, Johannes Fedderke, Jeffrey Frankel, Sebastian Galiani, Ricardo Hausmann, Laurence Harris, Dave Kaplan, Robert Lawrence, Jim Levinson, James Robinson, Ben Smit, Chris Stone, Federico Sturzenegger, and Lynne Thomas for feedback and discussion on the ideas presented here. Oeindrila Dube and Robert Mitchell provided research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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