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The oil curse, institutional quality, and growth in MENA countries: Evidence from time-varying cointegration

Nicholas Apergis () and James Payne ()

Energy Economics, 2014, vol. 46, issue C, 1-9

Abstract: This study re-examines the impact of oil abundance on economic growth in a number of MENA (Middle East and North African) countries for the period 1990–2013. Given the number of economic and institutional reforms undertaken by these countries in recent years, we incorporate measures of institutional quality to evaluate if oil abundance impacts economic growth differently. The results from time-varying cointegration reveal that better institutional quality reduces the unfavorable effect of oil reserves on the performance of the real economy.

Keywords: Oil curse hypothesis; Economic growth; Economic and institutional reforms; MENA countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q43 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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