Mining away the Preston curve
I estimate the long-term national health and education impacts of having a larger mining share in the economy. By instrumenting the relative size of the mining sector with the natural geological variation in countries' fossil fuel endowments, I provide evidence suggestive of a causal relationship. The findings suggest that countries with larger mining shares tend to have poorer health and education outcomes than countries with similar per capita incomes, geographic characteristics, and...[Show more]
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