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Political foundations of the resource curse: A simplification and a comment


  • Robinson, James A.
  • Torvik, Ragnar
  • Verdier, Thierry


In this note we show how a considerably simpler model than the one in our original JDE 2006 paper generates all the same results. We also acknowledge an error in the specification of a utility function in our previous paper.

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  • Robinson, James A. & Torvik, Ragnar & Verdier, Thierry, 2014. "Political foundations of the resource curse: A simplification and a comment," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 194-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:106:y:2014:i:c:p:194-198 DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2013.09.004

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    5. Iacono, Roberto, 2016. "No blessing, no curse? On the benefits of being a resource-rich southern region of Italy," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(2), pages 346-359.
    6. Robinson, James A. & Torvik, Ragnar & Verdier, Thierry, 2017. "The political economy of public income volatility: With an application to the resource curse," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 243-252.
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    10. Ansari, Dawud, 2016. "Resource curse contagion in the case of Yemen," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 444-454.

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    Natural resources; Political economy; Clientelism;

    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation


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