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Natural resources, export structure, and investment

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  • Stephen R. Bond
  • Adeel Malik

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We present cross-country empirical evidence on the role of natural resources in explaining long-run differences in private investment as a share of GDP in a sample of 78 developing countries. Our empirical results suggest important differences between fossil fuels and non-fuel resources. While significant fuel exports tend to increase private (and public) investment, there is also a robust negative effect from a measure of export concentration. After controlling for these two aspects of export structure, there is little additional information in other natural resource indicators, or in other suggested investment determinants, such as measures of the quality of institutions, political instability or macroeconomic volatility. Copyright 2009 Oxford University Press 2009 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

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  • Stephen R. Bond & Adeel Malik, 2009. "Natural resources, export structure, and investment," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 61(4), pages 675-702, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:61:y:2009:i:4:p:675-702
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    1. Badeeb, Ramez Abubakr & Lean, Hooi Hooi & Clark, Jeremy, 2017. "The evolution of the natural resource curse thesis: A critical literature survey," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 123-134.
    2. Cavallo, Eduardo & Daude, Christian, 2011. "Public investment in developing countries: A blessing or a curse?," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 65-81, March.
    3. Frey, Daniel & Frey, Miriam & Wieslhuber, Carmen, 2013. "Do natural resources define convergence clubs? Empirical evidence from the Kazakh regions," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 404-414.
    4. Oskenbayev, Yessengali & Yilmaz, Mesut & Abdulla, Kanat, 2013. "Resource concentration, institutional quality and the natural resource curse," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 254-270.

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