An Economic History Of Ghana: Reflections on a Half-Century of Challenges & Progress


ISBN: 978-0-9555079-8-4

Author: Foreword Wole Soyinka Editor Ivor Agyeman-Duah


This is one of the best books reflecting on Ghana’s half-a-century of often tumultuous transformation. Ivor Agyeman-Duah has gathered a group of scholars, educators and government, business and civil society leaders to debate the trajectory of Ghana’s economic history. Their views centre on three fundamental themes: structures and institutions in a postcolonial economy, the role of public policy, stimulus and innovation.

A timely volume as Ghana celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2007 under President Kufuor’s 2-terms of eight-years of relatively peaceful democratic rule. Contributors include Jeffrey D. Sachs, Anthony Akoto-Osei., Richard Anane, Joyce Aryee, Ellen Bortei-Doku Aryeetey, Ernest Aryeetey, Moses Asaga, Ken Ofori-Atta, Gareth Austin, Annan Arkyin Cato, Mary Chinery-Hesse, T. Oteng-Gyasi, E. Gyimah-Boadi, Dirk-Jan Omtzigt, D.K. Osei, Isaac Osei, Nii Moi Thompson and Charles Wereko-Brobbey, et al.

Key Selling Points
• This is unquestionably one of the best contemporary economic history books about Ghana drawing on the expertise and knowledge of Ghanaians as well as international experts and leading lights to reflect on 50 years of Ghana’s economic challenges and achievements.
• Contributors include leading economists such as Jeffrey D. Sachs, Earth Institute, Columbia University and Advisor to the UN Secretary General; eminent Ghanaian scholars such as Professor Ernest Aryeetey of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana; and Mary Chinery-Hesse, Chief Advisor to the President of Ghana.
• The contributors focus on three aspects: Structures and Institutions in a Postcolonial Economy: A Vampire Economy with a Silver Lining and Crossing the Jordon: Stimulation and Innovation with a Foreword by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.
• This volume will be a valuable tool for studies on African Economic History with specific emphasis on Ghana but could also double as a yardstick for comparing the economic histories of other well performing African economies such as Botswana, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Namibia and South Africa – according to the World Bank annual good governance rankings released in 2006.