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The impact of mining on spatial inequality: Recent evidence from Africa

Tony Addison (), Amadou Boly and Anthony Mveyange

No wp-2017-13, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between mining and spatial inequality in Africa during 2001-12. The identification strategy is based on a unilateral causation between mining and district inequality. The findings show that when minerals are aggregated, mining increases district inequality. But an analysis of individual minerals shows that mining affects district inequality both positively and negatively, suggesting that mineral wealth can be both a curse and a blessing.

Keywords: Mineral resources; Mining; Spatial inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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