Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/117938
Authors: 
Papyrakis, Elissaios
Gerlagh, Reyer
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 62.2004
Abstract: 
It is a common assumption that regions within the same country converge to approximately the same steady-state income levels. The so-called absolute convergence hypothesis focuses on initial income levels to account for the variability in income growth among regions. Empirical data seem to support the absolute convergence hypothesis for U.S. states, but the data also show that natural resource-abundance is a significant negative determinant of growth. We find that natural resource abundance decreases investment, schooling, openness, and R&D expenditure and increases corruption, and we show that these effects can fully explain the negative effect of natural resource abundance on growth.
Subjects: 
Natural resources
Growth
Transmission channels
JEL: 
C21
O13
O51
Q33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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