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How to spend it: resource wealth and the distribution of resource rents

Segal, Paul (2011) How to spend it: resource wealth and the distribution of resource rents. Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States research papers (18). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Natural resource revenues differ from other government revenues both in their time profile, and in their political and legal status: they are volatile and exhaustible, and belong to all citizens of the country in which they are located. This paper discusses the optimal expenditure of natural resource revenues, based on economic theory and with reference to existing international practices. It considers both the distributional impact and the efficiency of alternative policies, focusing on the extent to which they succeed in providing all citizens with their share of the benefits due to natural resources. It also shows how, by dropping the assumption of a representative agent, a concern for poverty and social welfare more generally interacts with and alters standard recommendations for the intertemporal management of resource revenues.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/Home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Kuwait Programme
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 00:36
Projects: Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States
Funders: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55664

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