Why do some resource-abundant countries succeed while others do not?

  title={Why do some resource-abundant countries succeed while others do not?},
  author={Ragnar Torvik},
  journal={Oxford Review of Economic Policy},
  • Ragnar Torvik
  • Published 20 June 2009
  • Economics
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
On average, resource-abundant countries have experienced lower growth over the last four decades than their resource-poor counterparts. But the most interesting aspect of the paradox of plenty is not the average effect of natural resources, but its variation. For every Nigeria or Venezuela there is a Norway or a Botswana. Why do natural resources induce prosperity in some countries but stagnation in others? This paper gives an overview of the dimensions along which resource-abundant winners and… 

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