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Resource rents and happiness on a global perspective: The resource curse revisited

Dieudonné Mignamissi and Yselle Flora Kuete ()

Resources Policy, 2021, vol. 71, issue C

Abstract: We revisit the resource curse theory by providing empirical evidence for the effects of natural resource rents on subjective well-being. Using a cross-sectional model based on a global sample of 149 countries, we highlight that resource rents tend to reduce happiness but this effect differs according to (i) the political system and the level of development, (ii) the types and the measures of natural resources and (iii) the scale of happiness. Specifically, the negative effect of natural resources on happiness tends to be amplified in developing and weak democracy countries. Furthermore, the disaggregation of natural resource rents shows that while oil rents and natural gas rents have a significant negative effect, forest, coal and mineral rents do not. However, after using the quantile regression approach, we find that these effects vary at different intervals throughout the happiness distribution.

Keywords: Resources rents; Happiness; Resource curse (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 I31 Q34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2021.101994

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