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Dutch Disease Dynamics Reconsidered

Hilde Bjørnland (), Leif Thorsrud and Ragnar Torvik ()

No No 4/2018, Working Papers from Centre for Applied Macro- and Petroleum economics (CAMP), BI Norwegian Business School

Abstract: In this paper we develop the first model to incorporate the dynamic productivity consequences of both the spending e ect and the resource movement e ect of oil abundance. We show that doing so dramatically alters the conclusions drawn from earlier models of learning by doing (LBD) and the Dutch disease. In particular, the resource movement e ect suggests that the growth e ects of natural resources are likely to be positive, turning previous growth results in the literature relying on the spending e ect on their head. We motivate the relevance of our approach by the example of a major oil producer, Norway, where it seems clear that the predictions based on existing theory do not apply. Although the e ects of an increase in the price of oil may resemble results found in the earlier Dutch disease literature, the effects of increased oil activity do not. Therefore, models that only focus on windfall gains due to increased spending potential from higher oil prices, would conclude - incorrectly based on our analysis - that the resource sector cannot be an engine of growth.

Keywords: Dutch disease; resource movements; learning by doing; oil prices; time-varying VAR model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02
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