Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Ekonomihögskolan vid Lunds universitet

The Economic History of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development


The uneven development of countries with similar endowments of Natural Resources (NNRR) has fascinated several researchers. Terms such as “Dutch disease” or “Resource curse” are essential to understand the paths taken by countries that have been successful in NNRR management (e.g. Norway or Australia), those that have wasted opportunities to achieve economic development through NNRR exploitation (e.g. Bolivia or Venezuela), or those where its impact is still under discussion (e.g. Chile or Argentina). Moreover, NNRR depletion is associated with the current concern on sustainable development and the difficult trade-off between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Economic history gives us clues to analyse the causes, consequences and maybe the future developments of NNRR management. This workshop represents a first step in this direction. We aim to improve our knowledge about the experiences and policies in several countries with rich endowments of NNRR throughout the modern era.

All students and researchers from all departments interested in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development are welcome.
Registration to Cristian Ducoing,

Venue: Lund University School of Economics and Management, Tycho Brahes väg 1, EC2:069 (Monday) and EC2:063 (Tuesday).


Monday 15th January

13.00 - 13.15 Introduction: Cristián Ducoing and José Peres

13.15 - 14.30 Keynotes: María del Mar Rubio -Varas & Ann-Kristin Bergquist

14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break

14:45 - 16:45 Paper session 1: Natural resources and Development

"Dynamic Natural Resources paths of economic development

in Australia and Norway" (Wicken and Dean).

”Taking off from Natural Resources” (Ducoing, Peres-Cajías & Torregrosa).

"Mining Exports in Latin America" (Badia-Miró, Contreras, Ducoing and Peres-Cajías)

"Latin American Economic Growth, a Failure. 1820-2015" (Madsen & Zaman).

19.30 Dinner

Tuesday 16th January

8.30 - 10:00 Paper session 4: Genuine savings

"Global Genuine Savings" (Blum, Ducoing and McLaughlin).

"Genuine savings and future well-being in a peripheral economy. Uruguay in the long run, 1870-2015" (Willebald).

"Using Genuine Savings for climate policy evaluation with an integrated assessment model " (Dupuy and Tokimatsu).

10:00 - 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 12.00 Paper session III: Human Capital

"Formal education, practical learning and innovation: An empirical study of the career paths of mining workers in Norway with formal training from ca. 1860 to 1940" (Ranestad).

"Is Female Empowerment an Antidote against the ‘Resource Curse’?" (Mühlhoff & Juif).

"Inequality and education in pre-industrial economies. Evidence from Spain" (Beltrán).

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:15 Keynotes: Paul Sharp & Espen Storli

14:15 - 14:30 Coffee Break

14:30 - 16:30 Paper session III: Sustainability, Innovation and Commodities

"Copper prices in the long run" (Ducoing, Carreras, Badia-Miró).

"Changing uses and rank orders of Finland’s and Sweden forest resources in the long-run" (Kunnas).

"Directed credit in a world of globalised finance: Commodity booms and state-intervention in the Bolivian financial sector" (Naqvi).

"Innovation from the global South? Renewable energy patents in Chile in XIX century and early XX century" (Escobar).

16:30 - 17:00 Final Discussion (with coffee)

For questions regarding the event, please contact Cristian Ducoing,


Tid: 15-16 januari 2018

Plats: Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum, sal EC2:063