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Exogenous Resource Shocks and Economic Freedom

Colin O’Reilly () and Ryan Murphy ()
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Colin O’Reilly: Creighton University

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Comparative Economic Studies, 2017, vol. 59, issue 3, 243-260

Abstract: Abstract An extensive literature has identified the tendency of natural resource rents to inhibit the development of quality institutions, though few studies have investigated the effects on economic institutions. We use a data set of plausibly exogenous “giant” oil field discoveries as a means of testing whether the presence of large resource rents impacts a country’s economic institutions. We find evidence of short run effects of these discoveries on the size of government spending, but find no evidence of an effect on economic institutions in general. At least for this set of resource discoveries, there is no resource curse for economic institutions.

Keywords: resource curse; oil; economic freedom; economic institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 O13 P10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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