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A survey of literature on the resource curse: critical analysis of the main explanations, empirical tests and resource proxies

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  • Nuno Torres

    (CEF.UP and FEP, Universidade do Porto)

  • Óscar Afonso

    (CEF.UP and FEP, Universidade do Porto)

  • Isabel Soares

    (CEF.UP and FEP, Universidade do Porto)

Abstract

This paper presents a survey of literature on the `resource curse', a puzzling empirical result that associates natural resource riches with lower economic growth. We show the main theories that attempt to explain the curse ? ranging from the structuralist theses of the 1950s to recent and more consensual institutional causes ?, and present a critical review of results in view of theory, estimation procedures and used resource proxies.

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  • Nuno Torres & Óscar Afonso & Isabel Soares, 2013. "A survey of literature on the resource curse: critical analysis of the main explanations, empirical tests and resource proxies," CEF.UP Working Papers 1302, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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