Africa Sector Database (ASD): Expansion and update
Emmanuel Buadi Mensah & Adam Szirmai
Since the construction of the Africa Sector Database (ASD) at the
Groningen Growth and Development Centre, there has been a wave of
statistical reforms in some of the countries in the ASD leading to
significant revaluations of GDP. These reforms have provided a clearer
picture of the size and structure of production of the countries
involved (Sy, 2015). We update the ASD to reflect these statistical
changes. Most importantly, following the methodology of ASD, we expand
the ASD by constructing sectoral data for seven new African countries:
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda and Uganda.
This has resulted in an expanded database (from the 1960s to 2015)
covering about 80% of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa.
JEL Classification: E01, O11, O47
Keywords: Africa, Data, Employment, Sector, Value Added