The resource curse revisited and revised: A tale of paradoxes and red herrings

Brunnschweiler, Christa and Bulte, Erwin (2008) The resource curse revisited and revised: A tale of paradoxes and red herrings. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 55 (3). 248–264. ISSN 0095-0696

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Abstract

We critically evaluate the empirical basis for the so-called resource curse and find that, despite the topic's popularity in economics and political science research, this apparent paradox may be a red herring. The most commonly used measure of “resource abundance” can be more usefully interpreted as a proxy for “resource dependence”—endogenous to underlying structural factors. In multiple estimations that combine resource abundance and dependence, institutional, and constitutional variables, we find that (i) resource abundance, constitutions, and institutions determine resource dependence, (ii) resource dependence does not affect growth, and (iii) resource abundance positively affects growth and institutional quality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural resource curse,economic growth,growth regressions,political regimes,institutions,constitutions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 18:23
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 10:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52593
DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2007.08.004

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