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Nature, Development, and Distribution in Latin America. Evidence on the Role of Geography, Climate, and Natural Resources

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  • Michael Gavin
  • Ricardo Hausmann

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Latin America`s enormous endowment of natural resources impacts many countries of the region. Economic liberalization in several countries was followed by rapid growth of foreign investment and exports of natural resource-intensive products. Growth of labor-intensive manufacturing industries was much more modest. What does increased reliance upon natural resource-based industries mean for development prospects, and for the distribution of income?

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  • Michael Gavin & Ricardo Hausmann, 1998. "Nature, Development, and Distribution in Latin America. Evidence on the Role of Geography, Climate, and Natural Resources," Research Department Publications 4128, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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    1. Ricardo Hausmann & Roberto Rigobon, 2003. "An Alternative Interpretation of the 'Resource Curse': Theory and Policy Implications," NBER Working Papers 9424, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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