Coal Mining and the Resource Curse in the Eastern United States

  title={Coal Mining and the Resource Curse in the Eastern United States},
  author={S. Douglas and A. Walker},
  journal={Econometric Modeling: Macroeconomics eJournal},
We measure the effect of resource‐sector dependence on long‐run income growth using the natural experiment of coal mining in 409 Appalachian counties selected for homogeneity. Using a panel data set (1970–2010), we find a one standard deviation increase in resource dependence is associated with 0.5–1 percentage point long‐run and a 0.2 percentage point short‐run decline in the annual growth rate of per capita personal income. We also measure the extent to… Expand
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