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Political stability and innovation in Africa

Vol. 13, No 1, 2020


James Okrah


Ural Federal University/GSEM, 

Ekaterinburg, Russia

Political stability and innovation in Africa

Marzena Hajduk-Stelmachowicz


Department of Economics, 

Rzeszow University of Technology


ORCID 0000-0003-4945-7207





Abstract. This paper examines the role of institutional factors, primarily, political stability, in shaping the dynamics of innovation activity in today’s modern society. Using panel data consisting of 26 African countries from the period between 1996 and 2016 as well as employing the negative binomial estimate, we model the impact of those factors on the number of applications for patents per resident. GDP per capita, education and also other institutional factors including the rule of law and financial freedom. The results reveal a strong positive effect of the rule of law on patenting activity.



Received: September, 2019

1st Revision: January, 2020

Accepted: February, 2020


DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2020/13-1/15


JEL ClassificationO3, O55, F55, K10, M14

Keywordsinnovations, patent activities, institutions and organisations, political stability, rule of law, entrepreneurship