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Natural Resources and Global Misallocation

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  • Alexander Monge-Naranjo
  • Juan M. Sánchez
  • Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis

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Are production factors allocated efficiently across countries? To differentiate misallocation from factor intensity differences, we provide a new methodology to estimate output shares of natural resources based solely on current rent flows data. With this methodology, we construct a new dataset of estimates for the output shares of natural resources for a large panel of countries. In sharp contrast with Caselli and Feyrer (2007), we find a significant and persistent degree of misallocation of physical capital. We also find a remarkable movement toward efficiency during last 35 years, associated with the elimination of interventionist policies and driven by domestic accumulation.

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  • Alexander Monge-Naranjo & Juan M. Sánchez & Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis, 2017. "Natural Resources and Global Misallocation," Working Papers 994, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
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    Keywords

    natural rents; factor shares; misallocation; international flows;
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    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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