Natural Resources: A Belssing for Everyone?

Mercredi | 2017-03-08
B103 12h


This paper studies the behavior of cross-country growth rates with respect to resource abundance and dependence. We reject the linear model commonly used for growth regressions in favor of a multiple regime alternative. Using a proper sample splitting methodology, we show that countries exhibit different behavior with respect to natural resources depending on their initial development. In high-income economies, natural resources play a minor role in explaining the differences in national growth rates. In low-income economies, abundance seems to be a blessing, but dependence hampers growth possibilities.