The social development effects of primary commodity export dependence

Carmignani, F and Avom, D (2010) The social development effects of primary commodity export dependence. Ecological Economics, 70 2: 317-330. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.09.003

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Author Carmignani, F
Avom, D
Title The social development effects of primary commodity export dependence
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
Publication date 2010-12-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.09.003
Volume 70
Issue 2
Start page 317
End page 330
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract On the question of whether natural resources are a curse for growth, the jury is still out. While waiting for a decision, we study whether resource intensity has any effect on social development over and above the effect it might have on income or growth. We measure social development by a combination of health and education outcomes and resource intensity by the share of primary commodities in total merchandise exports. We find that, after controlling for per-capita income and other macroeconomic and institutional factors, a higher dependence on primary commodity exports is negative for social development. The transmission mechanism seems to operate via income inequality and macroeconomic volatility. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Keyword Social development
Natural resources
Primary commodities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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