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Stunted Growth: Natural Resource Concentration, Economic Growth, and Dutch Disease in the Southeastern United States


  • Elliott, Vaughn M., II
  • Hartarska, Valentina M.
  • Bailey, Conner


We study the link between economic growth and resource endowment in the southeastern United States and find signs of Dutch Disease. Using data for 815 counties in this region, we focus attention on the connection between economic growth and forest resources. Our data support the Dutch Disease theory that economic reliance on natural resources contributes to low economic growth.

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  • Elliott, Vaughn M., II & Hartarska, Valentina M. & Bailey, Conner, 2008. "Stunted Growth: Natural Resource Concentration, Economic Growth, and Dutch Disease in the Southeastern United States," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6494, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saeaed:6494

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