Management of Oil Wealth Under the Permanent Income Hypothesis: The Case of São Tomé and Príncipe

34 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2006

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Alonso Segura

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

This paper documents the protracted process of shaping the rules governing oil operations in São Tomé and Príncipe. It analyzes the institutional framework for oil sector development, which applies Milton Friedman's permanent income hypothesis to the management of oil resources. São Tomé and Príncipe is the first country in Africa to adopt this rule. Finally, the paper offers a preliminary quantitative analysis of the impact of oil sector development on government consumption and savings. It shows that the country's oil wealth could be significant, which would enable sustainable government consumption and intergenerational equity through a gradual buildup of the Permanent Fund for Future Generations.

Keywords: São Tomé and Príncipe, oil resources, permanent income hypothesis, fiscal rules

JEL Classification: E62, H50, Q32

Suggested Citation

Segura, Alonso, Management of Oil Wealth Under the Permanent Income Hypothesis: The Case of São Tomé and Príncipe (July 2006). IMF Working Paper No. 06/183, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926238

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