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Measuring National Income and Growth in Resource-Rich, Income-Poor Countries

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  • Hamilton, Kirk

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  • Ley, Eduardo

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Abstract

GDP, the leading economic measurement, is outdated and misleading. . . . It’s like grading a corporation based on today’s cash flow and forgetting to depreciate assets and other costs. – Joseph Stiglitz, “Good Numbers Gone Bad,” Fortune, October 2, 2006.

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  • Hamilton, Kirk & Ley, Eduardo, 2010. "Measuring National Income and Growth in Resource-Rich, Income-Poor Countries," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 28, pages 1-7, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep28
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    1. Canuto, Otaviano & Cavallari, Matheus, 2012. "Natural Capital and the Resource Curse," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 83, pages 1-6, May.
    2. World Bank, 2012. "Liberia : Inclusive Growth Diagnostics," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12609, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    National income; growth; natural resources; resource-rich; income-poor; GPD; wealth; assets; exports; imports;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • H6 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt
    • E64 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Incomes Policy; Price Policy

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