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The curse of natural resources: an empirical analysis of European regions

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  • Nicoletta Corrocher
  • Camilla Lenzi
  • Marie-Louise Deshaires

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The paper investigates the existence of a natural resource curse, from a within-country perspective. This perspective tends to be overlooked in the existing literature, which provides extensive country-level analyses of the issue. In particular, the paper examines the relationship between agriculture and mining and quarrying resources endowments and regional economic growth, over the period 2007–16, for 260 European Union regions. The results, which are robust to controlling for spatial dependence, show there is what can be called a natural resources curse, particularly related to agriculture. Importantly, they show that this curse is not related to the economic crisis and, in fact, has held back regional economic recovery.

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  • Nicoletta Corrocher & Camilla Lenzi & Marie-Louise Deshaires, 2020. "The curse of natural resources: an empirical analysis of European regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(12), pages 1694-1708, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:54:y:2020:i:12:p:1694-1708
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1763940
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