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Institutions and the resource curse

Sammendrag

Countries rich in natural resources constitute both growth losers and growth winners. We claim that the main reason for these diverging experiences is differences in the quality of institutions. More natural resources push aggregate income down, when institutions are grabber friendly, while more resources raise income, when institutions are producer friendly. We test this theory building on Sachs and Warner's influential works on the resource curse. Our main hypothesis: that institutions are decisive for the resource curse, is confirmed. Our results are in sharp contrast to the claim by Sachs and Warner that institutions do not play a role.

Om publikasjonen

Forfattere:

Mehlum, Halvor, Kalle Moene and Ragnar Torvik

År:

2002

Serie:

Memorandum
Nummer i serie: 29

JEL:

O4, Q0, F43

Nøkkelord:

Natural resources, Institutional quality, Growth, Rent-seeking

Prosjekt:

Kontakt:

ragnar.torvik@svt.ntnu.no

Lenke:

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