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Public Investment to Reverse Dutch Disease: The Case of Chad

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  • Stephanie Levy

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This paper studies the relevance of agricultural policies for avoiding Dutch disease, which affects many less developed countries experiencing a resource boom. Using a computable general equilibrium model calibrated for Chad, we study the impact of using this country's annual oil revenue for public investment, particularly in the development of road and irrigation infrastructure. Our model takes into account the integration of markets and migration processes. We find that improving water access would reduce Chad's dependence on food aid and entail a substantial improvement in rural household welfare. Copyright 2007 The author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in its journal Journal of African Economies.

Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 439-484

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:16:y:2007:i:3:p:439-484

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  1. Kablan, Sandrine & Loening, Josef, 2012. "Is Chad affected by Dutch or Nigerian disease?," MPRA Paper 39799, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Jul 2012.
  2. Sandrine A. Kablan & Josef L. Loening, 2012. "An empirical assessment of the Dutch disease channel of the resource curse: the case of Chad," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 2007-2014.
  3. Robinson, Sherman & Levy, Stephanie, 2014. "Can cash transfers promote the local economy? A case study for Cambodia:," IFPRI discussion papers 1334, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Loening, Josef L., 2010. "Chad: rural policy note," MPRA Paper 28951, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Johnson, Michael E. & Takeshima, Hiroyuki & Gyimah-Brempong, Kwabena, 2013. "Assessing the potential and policy alternatives for achieving rice competitiveness and growth in Nigeria:," IFPRI discussion papers 1301, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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