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Natural resource dependence, non-tradables, and economic growth

  • Brückner, Markus

I argue that the commonly used nominal measure of natural resource dependence - the share of exports of primary products in GNP - understates in growth regressions the negative link between natural resource dependence and per capita GDP growth. I show that using a purchasing power parity adjusted measure yields an economically much larger negative relationship between per capita GDP growth and natural resource dependence than what has been suggested by the nominal measure. Consistent with the rent-seeking literature, I show that the resource curse is a symptom of societies characterized by high levels of corruption and sluggish checks and balances on political decision-making.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 461-471

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