What Have We Learned about the Resource Curse

  title={What Have We Learned about the Resource Curse},
  author={M. L. Ross},
  journal={Annual Review of Political Science},
  • M. L. Ross
  • Published 2015
  • Economics
  • Annual Review of Political Science
  • Since 2001, hundreds of academic studies have examined the “political resource curse,” meaning the claim that natural resource wealth tends to adversely affect a country's governance. There is now robust evidence that one type of mineral wealth, petroleum, has at least three harmful effects: It tends to make authoritarian regimes more durable, to increase certain types of corruption, and to help trigger violent conflict in low- and middle-income countries. Scholars have also made progress… CONTINUE READING


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