Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism? A Reappraisal of the Resource Curse

  title={Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism? A Reappraisal of the Resource Curse},
  author={Stephen H. Haber and Victor Alexander Menaldo},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1 - 26}
A large body of scholarship finds a negative relationship between natural resources and democracy. Extant cross-country regressions, however, assume random effects and are run on panel datasets with relatively short time dimensions. Because natural resource reliance is not an exogenous variable, this is not an effective strategy for uncovering causal relationships. Numerous sources of bias may be driving the results, the most serious of which is omitted variable bias induced by unobserved… 
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