Regional redistribution of mineral resource wealth in Africa


Asatryan, Zareh ; Baskaran, Thushyanthan ; Birkholz, Carlo ; Hufschmidt, Patrick


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/59714
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-597143
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2021
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 21-032
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
333.7 Natural resources, energy and environment
Classification: JEL: H77 , O13 , R12,
Keywords (English): Mineral resources , spillovers , spatiality , luminosity , favoritism , democracy , Africa
Abstract: We study the economic implications of mineral resource activity for non-mining regions at the grid-level across the African continent. We find that capital cities benefit from mineral resource activity anywhere in the country. Leaders’ birth regions also benefit, but only in autocratic regimes. Generic non-mining regions, on the other hand, are worse off. These results suggest that regional redistribution of resource rents in Africa is primarily undertaken to the benefit of capital cities and leaders’ birth regions. In contrast, non-mining regions do not appear to be sufficiently compensated for the negative spillovers they may face due to mining activity elsewhere in the country.

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