This paper provides a quick glance at the dominant issues that have characterized the development economics debate during the past five decades. It is based on a review of a selection of literature that highlights the dominant perspectives in development economics. It draws a distinction between soft and hard economics, arguing that economic growth must be converted into social change that benefits poor for it to be described as development-oriented. It provides a direction for future research into issues of economic growth and poverty alleviation in Sub-Sahara Africa<br/>
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Type of publication
Kuada, J 2014, ' Economic growth and poverty alleviation in Africa - linking hard and soft economics ' African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 2 - 8. , 10.1108/AJEMS-03-2014-0016