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Threshold Regressions for the Resource Curse


This paper analyzes the behavior of cross-country growth rates with respect to resource abundance and dependence. We reject the linear model that is commonly-used in growth regressions in favor of a multiple-regime alternative. Using a formal sample-splitting method, we find that countries exhibit different behaviors with respect to natural resources depending on their initial level of development. In high-income countries, natural resources play only a minor role in explaining the differences in national growth rates. On the contrary, in low-income countries abundance seems to be a blessing but dependence restricts growth.
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halshs-01944214 , version 1 (04-12-2018)
halshs-01944214 , version 2 (29-09-2020)


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Nicolas Clootens, Djamel Kirat. Threshold Regressions for the Resource Curse. 2018. ⟨halshs-01944214v2⟩
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