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The Role of Primary Commodities in Economic Development: Sub-Saharan Africa versus Rest of the World

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  • Carmignani, Fabrizio

    (School of Economics The University of Queensland)

  • Chowdhury, Abdur

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    (Department of Economics Marquette University)

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We study the nexus between natural resources and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and find that SSA is indeed special: resources dependence retards growth in SSA, but not elsewhere. The natural resources curse is thus specific to SSA. We then show that this specificity does not depend on the type of primary commodities on which SSA specializes. Instead, the SSA specificity appears to arise from the interaction between institutions and natural resources.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 2010-01.

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Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Keywords: primary commodities; growth; institutions; Economics;

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