Sustainable Development, Fiscal Policy and Natural Resources Management. Bolivia, Chile and Peru in the Nordic countries’ mirror

Research Project funded by Vetenskapsrådet

This project aims at understanding why Andean and Nordic countries, which are both abundant in Natural Resources , have followed such a divergent development path throughout the last century. This project starts from a new perspective: NNRR endowments must not be considered a gift of nature or a lucky heritage, but the output of human investments in knowledge and technology

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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.

To apply, please send an outline of your proposal (up to 1000 words) detailing the aim of the paper, the methodology and preliminary conclusions; a one-page CV is also expected. There is no participation fee. Accommodation and meals will be covered by the organization, but transportation costs will be at the expense of participants.

This workshop is part of the project “Sustainable development, Fiscal Policy and Natural Resources Management. Bolivia, Chile and Peru in the Nordic countries’ mirror” funded by Vetenskapsrådet, the Swedish Research Council.

Send your proposals before October 15th to Cristián Ducoing cristian.ducoing@umu.se or Sara Torregrosa Hetland sara.torregrosa-hetland@ekh.lu.se.