The impact of high oil prices on African countries
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Bouakez, H.;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Development Bank;
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This papaer discuses the high price of oil is a unique opportunity for African oil producers to use the windfall gains to speed up their development. On the other hand, it is having adverse effects on net-oil importing countries, in particular those which cannot access international capital markets to smooth out the shock. We construct a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model, which is tailored to reflect the characteristics of African economies, to quantify the effect of the increase in the price of oil on the main macro-economic aggregates. The model is general enough that it imbeds both oil producing and oil importing countries.