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Natural Resources And Economic Development Edward B. Barbier

Natural Resources And Economic Development

Edward B. Barbier

Published June 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780521823135
Hardcover
410 pages
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Natural Resources and Economic Development explores a key paradox: why is natural resource exploitation not yielding greater benefits to the poor economies of Africa, Asia and Latin America? Part One examines this paradox both through a historicalMoreNatural Resources and Economic Development explores a key paradox: why is natural resource exploitation not yielding greater benefits to the poor economies of Africa, Asia and Latin America? Part One examines this paradox both through a historical review of resource use and development and through examining current theories which explain the under-performance of todays resource-abundant economies, and proposes a frontier expansion hypothesis as an alternative explanation. Part Two develops models to analyse the key economic factors underlying land expansion and water use in developing countries. Part Three explores further the dualism within dualism structure of resource dependency, rural poverty and resource degradation within developing countries, and through illustrative country case-studies, proposes policy and institutional reforms necessary for successful resource-based development.