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Extractive revenues and government spending: Short- versus long-term considerations

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  • Frederick van der Ploeg
  • Anthony J. Venables

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The prescription of optimally managing natural resource revenue windfalls by smoothing consumption across generations using an intergenerational sovereign wealth fund that only invests in foreign assets is not appropriate for resource-rich developing economies. It is better for these economies to use their windfalls to boost investment in the domestic economy, especially when they confront capital scarcity and have poor access to international capital markets. However, it is important for such economies to have a parking fund to temporarily ‘park’ funds until absorption constraints are alleviated, and a stabilization fund to smooth out volatile budgets given the high stochastic volatility of commodity prices, especially if the economy is inflexible and has few other ways of adjusting to shocks.

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  • Frederick van der Ploeg & Anthony J. Venables, 2017. "Extractive revenues and government spending: Short- versus long-term considerations," WIDER Working Paper Series 045, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Mahamudu Bawumia & Håvard Halland, 2017. "Oil discovery and macroeconomic management: The recent Ghanaian experience," WIDER Working Paper Series 185, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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