Mining Matters: Natural Resource Extraction and Firm-Level Constraints

  title={Mining Matters: Natural Resource Extraction and Firm-Level Constraints},
  author={Ralph de Haas and Steven Poelhekke},
  journal={Built Environment eJournal},
We estimate the impact of local mining activity on the business constraints experienced by 25,777 firms across nine large and resource-rich countries. We find that the presence of active mines in firms' immediate vicinity (<20 km) deteriorates the business environment in tradeable sectors. Access to inputs and infrastructure becomes more constrained for these firms and this adversely affects their growth. In contrast, nearby active mines have a positive effect on firms in non-tradeable sectors… 
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