Could Resource Rents Finance Universal Access to Infrastructure? A First Exploration of Needs and Rents

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Sabine Fuss

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC); International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Claudine Chen

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Michael Jakob

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Annika Marxen

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Narasimha D. Rao

IIASA

Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC); Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

It is often argued that, ethically, resource rents should accrue to all citizens. Yet in reality the rents from exploiting national resources are often concentrated in the hands of a few. If resource rents were to be taxed, on the other hand, substantial amounts of public money could be raised and used to cover the population’s infrastructure needs, such as access to electricity, water, sanitation, communication technology and roads, which all play important roles in a nation’s economic development process. Here, we examine to what extent existing resource rents could be used to provide universal access to these infrastructures.

Keywords: Resource Rents, Infrastructure, Economic Development

JEL Classification: H54

Suggested Citation

Fuss, Sabine and Chen, Claudine and Jakob, Michael and Marxen, Annika and Rao, Narasimha D. and Edenhofer, Ottmar, Could Resource Rents Finance Universal Access to Infrastructure? A First Exploration of Needs and Rents (2015). FEEM Working Paper No. 93.2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2716012

Sabine Fuss (Contact Author)

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Claudine Chen

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change ( email )

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Michael Jakob

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ( email )

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Annika Marxen

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

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Narasimha D. Rao

IIASA ( email )

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Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) ( email )

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Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

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Germany

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

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Juni 135
Berlin, 10623
Germany

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