The extractive industries and development: The resource curse at the micro, meso and macro levels

Emma Gilberthorpe, Elissaios Papyrakis

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The resource curse literature has necessarily evolved in a rather fragmented way. While economists, political economists and political scientists have largely focused on the role of mineral abundance in long-term growth with the analysis largely confined to the country (macro) or regional (meso) level, anthropologists, sociologists and other social scientists have explored the development impacts of extractive industries at the community (micro) level. While this has provided a rigorous and comprehensive exploration of extractive industries and their impacts, causal factors that bridge and/or leap-frog these levels tend not to be accounted for. In this paper we examine the evolution of the literature across disciplinary lines and different levels of scale to assess the current status of resource curse debates. In so doing, we aim to explore how an integration of the various multi-scale approaches can help address the persistent problem of the resource curse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-390
Number of pages10
JournalThe Extractive Industries and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2015


  • Resource curse
  • Extractive industries
  • Economic growth
  • Regional disparities
  • Social change

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