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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Jeffrey Flory


In the last 15 years, China has greatly expanded their economic integration with Africa through a multi-dimensional approach. This paper utilizes a fixed effects approach to formally assess the impact of Chinese trade, foreign direct investment, loans, construction and engineering contracts, and labor in Africa on economic growth and human development in 50 African countries. This paper combines data from the World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI), China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at John’s Hopkins University, and the UN Human Development Report (HDI) covering the years 2003 to 2017. This study finds that during this period, contracts and foreign direct investment stock positively impact GDP per capita and Human Development Index, and bilateral trade positively impacts Human Development Index.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.