Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Bradley Murg
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Caleb Henry
regional integration, economic freedom, Africa, Sub-Saharan, Botswana
This paper examines the relationship between policies facilitating domestic economic freedom in Sub-Saharan African states and the degree of regional integration of those states into their respective regional economic communities. It conducts a linear regression analysis with data from the Economic Freedom of the World Report 2017 and the AFRICA Regional Integration Index to conduct a quantitative study of Sub-Saharan African states. The regression finds strong evidence that domestic economic freedom is a significant contributing factor, between 5% and 15% causality, to a state’s degree of regional integration. The paper hypothesizes that private sector political and economic activity is the causal mechanism for such a relationship. It examines the case study of Botswana to test this hypothesis in a plausibility probe, examining policies across time, and especially the establishment of Botswana’s High Level Consultative Council. Finally, it proposes several potential avenues for further research.
Anderson, Brevin, "Domestic Economic Freedom and Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa" (2018). Honors Projects. 75.