July 12, 2008
Resource curse in US states
Here is an interesting article I just came across. The cite is Comparative Politics 41: 477-514 (2008).
Lessons from Strange Cases: Democracy, Development and the Resource Curse in U.S. States
Ellis Goldberg, Erik Wibbels and Eric Mvukiyehe
Abstract: The work linking natural resource wealth to authoritarianism and under-development suffers from several shortcomings. In this article, the authors outline those shortcomings and address them in a new empirical setting. Using a new data set for the U.S. states spanning 73 years and case studies of Texas and Louisiana, the authors are able to more carefully examine both the diachronic nature and comparative legs of the resource curse hypothesis than previous research has. They provide evidence that natural resource dependence contributes to slower economic growth, poorer developmental performance, and less competitive politics. Using this empirical setting, they also begin parsing the mechanisms that might explain the negative association between resource wealth and political and economic development. They draw implications from intranational findings for resource abundant countries across the world and suggest directions for future cross-national and cross-state work.
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