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Oil Greasing the Wheels: When Do Natural Resources Become a Blessing?

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  • Nisreen Salti

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    (American University of Beirut)

This paper considers theoretically and empirically natural resources’ effect on growth using a two sector-model (resource and non-resource). Governments tax the non-resource sector and choose institutional quality, which determines productivity in the non-resource sector and the governments’ ability to appropriate resource rents. Resource booms harm institutions. Their effect on growth depends on relative sector sizes: when rents are relatively substantial, governments incur the cost of corrupting institutions and the loss of taxes from the non-resource sector for a bigger share of rents. The results are confirmed using cross-country panel data: countries in the bottom quintile of the manufacturing-share of value-added are cursed by resources, other countries are blessed.

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Length: 29
Date of creation: 09 Jan 2008
Date of revision: 09 Jan 2008
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:439
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