Resource Windfalls and Regime Stability

Thursday 23 May 2013, 1.15PM to 2.15pm

Speaker(s): Dr. Giacomo De Luca, University of York

Abstract: We set up a simple model to study the impact of a resource boom in countries featuring different political systems. We show that autocratic regimes are unable to prevent instability when new resources become available and either democratize or face the risk of civil war, while democracies are in general more stable. We test the predictions of our model with historical data on oil fields discoveries.

Location: Economics Staff Room (EC/202)

Admission: Economics Thursday Workshop. For Staff and Postgraduate students