January 3, 2011
Is the Resource Curse Real?
International Relations and Security Network, International Relations and Security Network
This paper undertakes a critical survey of the ‘resource curse’ and examines the proposition that mineral and fuel abundance generates growth-restricting forms of state intervention and extraordinarily large degrees of rent-seeking and corruption. The analysis surveys the Dutch Disease, rentier state, and rent-seeking versions of the resource curse and finds they have significant shortcomings in terms of both theory and evidence. It also discusses particular growth strategies that have been effective in producing long-run economic growth in mineral- and fuel-abundant developing countries.
TAGGED: Resource Wars, Resource-Politik, oil