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The Impact of Mining on Spatial Inequality Recent Evidence from Africa


Tony Addison


United Nations University

Amadou Boly


African Development Bank

Anthony Mveyange


World Bank

February 6, 2017

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7960

Abstract:     
This paper investigates the relationship between mining and spatial inequality in Africa during 2001-12. The identification strategy is based on a unilateral causation between mining and district inequality. The findings show that when minerals are aggregated, mining increases district inequality. But an analysis of individual minerals shows that mining affects district inequality positively and negatively, suggesting that mineral wealth can be a curse and a blessing. Further analysis suggests that these results largely depend on whether mining is active or closed, the scale of mining operations, the value of minerals extracted, and the nature of mining activities -- important dimensions for shaping mining policies aimed at bolstering socioeconomic development in Africa.

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Keywords: Energy and Natural Resources, Social Development & Poverty, Coastal and Marine Resources


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Date posted: February 7, 2017  

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Addison, Tony and Boly, Amadou and Mveyange, Anthony, The Impact of Mining on Spatial Inequality Recent Evidence from Africa (February 6, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7960. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2912611

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Tony Addison (Contact Author)
United Nations University ( email )
Katajanokanlaituri 6B
Helsinki, FIN-00160
Finland
Amadou Boly
African Development Bank ( email )
Rue Joseph Anoma
Abidjan, Ivory Coast 01 BP 1387
Ivory Coast (Cote D'ivoire)
Anthony Mveyange
World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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