Is there a mineral-induced ‘Economic Euphoria’? Evidence from Latin America

Fenton Villar, Paul ORCID: (2022) Is there a mineral-induced ‘Economic Euphoria’? Evidence from Latin America. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23 (4). 1403–1430. ISSN 1389-4978

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A development imperative emphasising the economic benefits of mineral extraction has led researchers to speculate about whether minerals inflate citizens’ economic expectations and, due to an upward shift in aspirations, cause a degree of dissatisfaction. Using survey data from 18 Latin American countries, this study finds evidence of the ‘euphoric effect’ of minerals materialising among household expectations concerning future changes in the economic situation of their country. Similarly, it also finds a positive and significant relationship with expectations concerning future changes in respondents’ personal economic situation. However, it does not detect a significant relationship between minerals and citizens’ life satisfaction.

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Additional Information: Correction to: Journal of Happiness Studies: During the typesetting process of the article, the appendices were unfortunately incorrectly labelled as Table 6, Table 7, … and Table 13. These labels are now corrected as Appendix 1, Appendix 2, … and Appendix 8. The original article has been corrected. Funding: This work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) award to the University of East Anglia [Grant No. 1948727—ES/P00072X/1].
Uncontrolled Keywords: expectations,extractive industries,resource curse,satisfaction,social sciences (miscellaneous),sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3301
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 19:35
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2023 03:39
DOI: 10.1007/s10902-021-00455-5


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