Workshop “The Economic History of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development”
Department of Economic History, Lund University, January 15-16, 2018
The uneven development of countries with similar endowments of Natural Resources (hereafter, NNRR) has fascinated several researchers. Terms such as “Dutch disease” or “Resource curse” are essential to understand the paths taken by countries that have been successful in NNRR management (e.g. Norway or Australia), those that have wasted opportunities to achieve economic development through NNRR exploitation (e.g. Bolivia or Venezuela), or those where its impact is still under discussion (e.g. Chile or Argentina). Moreover, NNRR depletion is associated with the current concern on sustainable development and the difficult trade-off between economic growth and environmental sustainability.
Economic history gives us clues to analyse the causes, consequences and maybe the future developments of NNRR management. This workshop represents a first step in this direction. We aim to improve our knowledge about the experiences and policies in several countries with rich endowments of NNRR throughout the modern era.
We welcome submissions of papers that consider NNRR (over)exploitation and its diverse relations with economic development, such as fiscal policy, resource-based industrialization, business strategies, natural capital, genuine savings and so on, from a long-term perspective. Comparative papers and studies focused on Latin America are especially welcome.
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