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The subnational effects of the natural resource curse: Three-session panels at LASA 2018

For the first time the annual Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) will take place at an European city: Barcelona. Also, for the first time, LASA will host three panels on the emerging literature of the "subnational resource curse". The main objective of the sessions is to review and discuss empirical research on the political, economic and social impact of the abundance and/or dependence of natural resources, as well as the mechanisms that may explain such effects at the subnational level. The papers include quantitative and qualitative studies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Arauca, an oil-rich municipality in Colombia (personal archive)

The complete information of the three-session panels may be downloaded here and an online version of LASA's programme may be searched here. The key information about the sessions is presented below.

The subnational effects of the natural resource curse: Three-session panels

Organizer: Juan David Gutiérrez R., PhD candidate in public policy, University of Oxford.

PANEL 1 – The subnational resource curse: effects of oil and mineral wealth on development. Wed, May 23, 10:45am to 12:15pm.

  • Panel discussant: Osmel Manzano, PhD in Economics, Adjunct Professor at IESA.
  • Chair: Diego Díaz Rioseco, Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Paper 1: "Natural Resources and Local Communities: Boom and Bust Evidence from a Peruvian Gold Mine, 1997-2016",  José Carlos Orihuela (PUCP), César Huaroto (Universidad Nacional de la Plata), and Victor Gamarra (PUCP).
  • Paper 2: "The Impact of Oil Windfalls on Subnational Living Standards: Evidence from Argentina",  Lucas González (UNSAM/UCA-CONICET) y German Lodola (UTDT-CONICET).
  • Paper 3: "Extractive Revenues and Local Resource Curse: Comparative Case Analysis in the Peruvian Andes", Sandra Carrillo Hoyos, (PUCP).

PANEL 2The subnational resource curse: links of oil and mineral wealth with conflict and criminality. Wed, May 23, 2:15 to 3:45pm.

  • Panel discussant:  Javier Arellano Yanguas, PhD in Development Studies, Director of theCentre for Applied Ethics Aplicada at Universidad de Deusto.
  • Chair: Lucas González, UNSAM/UCA-CONICET
  • Paper 1: "Same resource, different conflicts: The relationship between gold and conflict in six Colombian gold mining regions", Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, University of Osnabrück. Co-authored with Angelika Rettberg (Universidad de los Andes) and Juan Camilo Cárdenas (Universidad de los Andes).
  • Paper 2: "A Bonanza for Bad Politicians: Criminal Candidates and Informal Mining in Peru", Antonella Bandiera, (New York University.
  • Paper 3: "Oil barrels, votes and guns: The links between oil wealth and organized violence at the local level in Colombia", Juan David Gutiérrez R., University of Oxford.

PANEL 3 – The subnational resource curse: oil and mineral revenues, politics and policies. Thu, May 24, 10:45am to 12:15pm.

  • Panel discussant:  José Carlos Orihuela, PhD in Development, Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)
  • Chair:Sandra Carrillo Hoyos, (PUCP)
  • Paper 1: "Extractive industries, fiscal transfers, and regional development: Lessons from the Peruvian unplanned experiment", Javier Arellano Yanguas, Universidad de Deusto.
  • Paper 2: "How Oil and Grants Shape Subnational Regimes: Evidence from Argentina and Brazil", Diego Díaz Rioseco, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Paper 3: "Nontax Revenue and Subnational Competition: Evidence from Colombian and Peruvian Municipalities", Jose Incio (University of Pittsburgh) and Ignacio Mamone (University of Pittsburgh).

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