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Development based on commodity revenues

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  • Alexander Plekhanov

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    (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

  • Sergei Guriev

    (New Economic School)

  • Konstantin Sonin

    (New Economic School)

Abstract

Commodity resources offer vast opportunities for development. In the long run, however, the performance of commodity-rich countries tends to fall short of expectations, as commodity rents induce macroeconomic volatility and undermine incentives to improve institutions. The paper looks at the strategies that countries can adopt to avoid the “resource trap”. These strategies aim at diversifying the economy, promoting financial development, building up stabilisation buffers that lower macroeconomic volatility, and reducing inequality. The resource-rich EBRD countries of operations have embraced these strategies to varying degrees, and with varying success. Improving institutions remains the key challenge.

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Paper provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist in its series Working Papers with number 108.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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  1. Asel Isakova & Alexander Plekhanov & Jeromin Zettelmeyer, 2012. "Managing Mongolia’s resource boom," Working Papers 138, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist.
  2. Hattendorff, Christian, 2013. "The Natural Resource Curse Revisited: Is There a Financial Channel?," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79805, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  3. Commander, Simon & Nikoloski, Zlatko & Plekhanov, Alexander, 2011. "Employment Concentration and Resource Allocation: One-Company Towns in Russia," IZA Discussion Papers 6034, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Christian Hattendorff, 2012. "Do Natural Resource Sectors Rely Less on External Finance than Manufacturing Sectors?," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2012-050, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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