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Glossary

Terms Starting With Letter N
  • Natural resource curse

    The ‘natural resource curse’ refers to situations where the extraction of a country’s natural resource wealth causes widespread harm.  This is commonly said to result from political conflict over the resources, high inequality in the distribution of benefits, environmental pollution, corruption, weak government institutions unable or unwilling to manage the resources effectively, or a combination of all of these.  (See also, ‘Dutch Disease’)