The Impact of Natural Resources: A survey of recent quantitative evidence

R. van der Ploeg, S. Poelhekke

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The cross-country empirical evidence for the natural resource curse is ample, but unfortunately fraught with econometric difficulties. A recent wave of studies on measuring the impact of natural resource windfalls on the economy exploits novel datasets such as giant oil discoveries to identify effects of windfalls, uses natural experiments and within-country econometric analysis, and estimates local impacts. These studies offer more hope in the search of quantitative evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number2
Early online date21 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • natural resource curse
  • giant oil discoveries
  • identification strategy
  • natural experiments
  • within-country analysis
  • local impacts
  • geography
  • geology
  • development


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