Natural Resource Blessing or Curse on Education and Income: A Study of Canadian Provinces

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Title: Natural Resource Blessing or Curse on Education and Income: A Study of Canadian Provinces
Authors: Shin, Song-Hoon
Date: 2013-05-15
Abstract: This major research analyzes the effects of natural resource abundance in Canadian provinces on its education level and income per capita. Past studies have found that a country with poor government governance have brought natural resource curse, where large natural resource reserves have decreased the education level and economic well-being of that country. By collecting the data from the Labour Force Survey and Statistics Canada, this paper tests if natural resource abundant provinces, such as Alberta and British-Columbia have gone through natural resource curse or natural resource blessing in comparison to natural resource scarce provinces, like Ontario and Quebec. There are two regression methods used here, one following the simple regression used by most natural resource curse paper to test education level in the provinces, and one following Boyce and Emery (2011)'s income per capita regression. The first method of regression on education enrolment and government expenditure on education per capita did not return significant results, but the second following Boyce and Emery (2011)'s regression method did return that resource rich provinces enjoy higher income per capita.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/24182
CollectionScience économique - Mémoires // Economics - Research Papers
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