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Resource Curse and Power Balance: Evidence from Iran

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  • Bjorvatn Kjetil

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    (NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway)

  • Farzanegan Mohammad Reza

    ()
    (Department of the Middle East Economics, Philipps-University of Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), MACIE & CESifo, Marburg, Germany)

  • Schneider Friedrich

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Linz, Linz, Austria)

Abstract

Empirical research shows that natural resources have a detrimental effect on economic growth, a phenomenon known as the “resource curse”. Competition between influence groups for access to the resource rents, that is, rent-seeking, is often blamed for this curse. In this article, we dig deeper into the link between political competition and the resource curse by studying the case of Iran from 1960 to 2007. We present a theoretical model demonstrating how the effect of rents on the economy depends on the balance of political power. The model shows that an increase in rents may lead to a sharp reduction in income when the distribution of power between influence groups is relatively balanced. The empirical evidence confirms the predictions of the model.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Middle East Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 9 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 133-158

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:rmeecf:v:9:y:2013:i:2:p:133-158:n:4

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  1. Kjetil Bjorvatn & Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, 2014. "Resource rents, power, and political stability," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201419, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  2. Sajjad Faraji Dizaji & Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, 2014. "Political Institutions and Government Spending Behavior in Iran," CESifo Working Paper Series 4620, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Mohammad Habibpour, 2014. "Direct Distribution of Rents and the Resource Curse in Iran: A Micro-econometric Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 4824, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Mohammad Habibpour, 2014. "Direct Distribution of Rents and the Resource Curse in Iran: A Micro-econometric Analysis," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201425, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  5. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, 2014. "Can Oil-Rich Countries Encourage Entrepreneurship? ‘Yes’, ‘No’ but not ‘Perhaps’," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201406, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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