Oil and the duration of dictatorships

Crespo Cuaresma, J., Oberhofer, H., & Raschky, P.A. (2011). Oil and the duration of dictatorships. Public Choice 148 (3) 505-530. 10.1007/s11127-010-9671-0.

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Theoretical models do not reach an unambiguous conclusion concerning the effects of natural resource endowment on the duration of dictatorial regimes. We assess empirically, for the first time, the relationship between oil endowment and the duration of autocratic leaders. Using a dataset comprising information for 106 dictators, our empirical analysis indicates that dictators in countries which are relatively better endowed in terms of oil tend to stay longer in office. The result is robust to changes in the definition of dictatorial regimes and in the specifications used in the econometric analysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dictatorship; Duration; Natural resources; Political economy
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Public Choice; 148(3-4):505-530 (September 2011) (Published online 29 June 2010)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9526

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