Commodity Rich but Income Poor Countries

In a world where settlements are formed around discovery of natural resources, conventional wisdom dictates that high economic rents – in the form of high commodity prices – would be earned by commodity rich countries. The land of UAE was formed around the mineral discoveries in the area, and Dubai became one of the business capitals of the world.

However, this is not always the case. Recent discovery of natural resources in Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania has raised questions about whether this will bring economic prosperity to these economies. Many . . .

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