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How are Oil Revenues Redistributed in an Oil Economy? The Case of Kazakhstan

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  • Boris Najman

    (CNRS-ROSES University of Paris I)

  • Richard Pomfret

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Gael Raballand

    (World Bank)

  • Patricia Sourdin

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

Abstract

Kazakhstan’s economy has been driven by an oilboom since the discovery of large new oilfields coincided with the upturn of world oil prices after 1998. This paper uses national household expenditure survey data to examine whether Kazakhstan’s experience supports a curse or a blessing outcome. We assess the extent to which the benefits from the oilboom are retained in the oil-producing regions, or spread evenly across the national economy, or are concentrated in the cities where the country’s elite lives. We then analyze the data to determine the transmission mechanisms (higher wages, social transfers or informal income) from the oilboom to household expenditure.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2005-18.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2005-18

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  1. Pomfret, Richard, 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Kazakhstan," Agricultural Distortions Working Paper 48360, World Bank.
  2. Gerhard Toews, 2013. "Inflated Expectations and Natural Resource Booms: Evidence from Kazakhstan," OxCarre Working Papers 109, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
  3. Manuela Troschke & Horst Ufer, 2006. "Fiskalische Dezentralisierung und regionale Disparitäten in Kasachstan," Working Papers 262, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).

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