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Oil, gas and conflict: a mathematical model for the resource curse

Cai, Yiyong; Newth, David


Oil and natural gas are highly valuable natural resources, but many countries with large untapped reserves suffer from poor economic and social-welfare performance. This conundrum is known as the resource curse. The resource curse is a result of poor governance and wealth distribution structures that allow the elite to monopolize resources for self-gain. When rival social groups compete for natural resources, civil unrest soon follows. While conceptually easy to follow, there have been few...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013-06-27
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066706


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