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With Exhaustible Resources, Can A Developing Country Escape From The Poverty Trap?

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  • Cuong Le Van

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, PSE - Paris School of Economics, University of Exeter Business School - University of Exeter Business School)

  • Katheline Schubert

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Tu-Anh Nguyen

    () (Central Insitute of Economic Management - Central Insitute of Economic Management)

Abstract

This paper studies the optimal growth of a developing non-renewable natural resource producer. It extracts the resource from its soil, and produces a single consumption good with man-made capital. More- over, it can sell the extracted resource abroad and use the revenues to buy an imported good, which is a perfect substitute of the domes- tic consumption good. The domestic technology is convex-concave, so that the economy may be locked into a poverty trap. We show that the extent to which the country will escape from the poverty trap depends, besides the interactions between its technology and its impatience, on the characteristics of the resource revenue function, on the level of its initial stock of capital, and on the abundance of the natural resource.

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  • Cuong Le Van & Katheline Schubert & Tu-Anh Nguyen, 2010. "With Exhaustible Resources, Can A Developing Country Escape From The Poverty Trap?," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00470655, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00470655
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2010.07.005
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    Keywords

    resource curse; poverty trap; optimal growth; non-renewable resource; convex-concave technology;

    JEL classification:

    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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