Special Issue "Natural Resources Economics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Dr. Rosa Duarte
Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza, Gran Vía 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: economics of natural resources; multisectoral modeling; structural change; growth and environmental issues; water economics; microeconometrics
Prof. Vicente Pinilla
Department of Applied Economics and Economic History, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza, Gran Via 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: economic history; agricultural history; environmental history; wine economics; international agricultural trade; water economics
Economic growth has profoundly modified the relationships among societies, economies, and natural resources. On the one hand, natural resources are a fundamental determinant of economic development and ‘natural capital’ is crucial for the sound performance of the systems of production, consumption, investment, savings, and welfare. However, increasing economic dependence on natural resource exploitation appears to be an obstacle to growth and development in certain low- and middle-income countries across the world. On the other hand, economic growth has generated severe impacts on the environment. There is an abundance of literature addressing these impacts from a long-term perspective: Climatic change, energy transition, water scarcity, atmospheric emissions, forest resource depletion, biodiversity loss, ecological biomass flows, and materials use. Today, the dependence of growth on natural resources and the impact that certain patterns of economic growth have on the environment have become crucial, also having strong implications in terms of social and intergenerational inequality. As a consequence, the road to sustainable development demands, more than ever, multidisciplinary research and discussion on these complex relationships, so that the socioeconomic and environmental challenges may be faced.
Within this context, this Special Issue aims to take an in-depth look at the interactions between economic systems and the environment, from a broad perspective. Theoretical and empirical contributions highlighting both the potential of natural resources for economic growth and their risks, as well as the implications of development for the health of the environment (land, water, air, materials, etc.) are welcome. This Special Issue seeks to provide evidence of the potential relationships that can be found on different temporal, spatial and institutional scales. In this regard, we are interested in a wide range of visions and methodologies: Historical perspectives, theoretical discussions, micro and macro approaches, international and regional comparisons, case studies, multiregional and multisectoral approaches and scenario analysis, among others.
Dr. Rosa Duarte
Prof. Vicente Pinilla
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- Natural Capital
- Natural Resource Economics
- Ecological Economics
- Resource Curse
- Environmental Impacts
- Environmental Footprints
- Environmental Inequality
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Cristián Ducoing and José Peres Cajías
Abstract: Were there extreme differences between Latin American and Nordic countries in the 19th century? Several economic indicators suggest the right answer is no. In the year 1850, the GDP per capita ratio between, for example, Bolivia and Sweden was 0.7; in 2010 this ratio had widened to 0.12. How these extremely high differences are possible between countries with similarly enormous natural resources endowments? The aim of this article is to compare public policies and economic indicators related with Natural Resources (NNRR) management in three Latin American countries (Bolivia, Chile and Peru) and two Nordic countries (Norway and Sweden) in a long-term perspective. The article analyses the following components of economic development: i) the composition of exports throughout time; ii) economic linkages between the export sector and the rest of the economy; iii) the composition of taxes; iv) human capital formation and the accumulation of knowledge. The comparison suggests new areas on the determinants of successful management of natural resources and the countries' ability to escape from the so-called resource curse.
Keyword: Natural resources; resource curse; economic development; Latin America; Scandinavia; public policies; linkages; taxation; human capital