Why is natural resource exploitation not yielding greater benefits for the poor economies? In this second edition of his landmark book, Barbier explores this paradox in three parts. Part I gives a historical review of resource use and development, examining current theories that explain the under-performance of today's resource-abundant economies, and proposing a hypothesis of frontier expansion as an alternative explanation. Part II develops models to analyse the key economic factors underlying land expansion and water use in developing countries. Part III explores further the structural pattern of resource dependency, rural poverty and resource degradation within developing countries, and through illustrative country case studies, proposes policy and institutional reforms necessary for successful resource-based development. First published in 2005, each chapter in this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with new material, tables, figures and supporting empirical evidence. It will appeal to graduate students and scholars researching environmental and developmental economics.Read more
- Presents a comprehensive exploration of up-to-date historical and contemporary research on the relationship between natural resources and economic development in poor economies
- Employs theories, empirical evidence and case study examples from up-to-date research on the topic, explained in a clear and accessible manner
- This second edition is thoroughly updated with new material, tables, figures and supporting empirical evidence
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: September 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316635582
- length: 458 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- contains: 33 b/w illus. 29 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Overview:
1. Natural resources and developing countries: an overview
2. Natural resource-based economic development in history
3. Does natural resource dependence hinder economic development?
4. Frontier expansion and economic development
Part II. Land and Water Use Change:
5. Explaining land use change in developing countries
6. The economics of land conversion
7. Does water availability constrain economic development?
Part III. Policies for Sustainable Resource-Based Economic-Based Development?:
8. Rural poverty and resource degradation
9. Can resource-based development be successful?
10. Policies for sustainable resource-based development in poor economies.
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