Development of extractive industries and public spending policies in Niger (in French)

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In this project – selected for support under the PAGE initiative in 2014 – a team of local researchers in Niger analyzes public spending options from mineral and oil resources and their impact on the Nigerien economy. Using advanced methods of CGE modeling, the researchers find that, when appropriate investment policies are implemented, mineral and oil resources do not systematically generate Dutch disease effects. Generally speaking, in terms of investment policies, an increase in public spending has positive effects on employment in all sectors but, more specifically, investments targeted on road infrastructures will result directly in an increase in household income (by facilitating transport of goods and allowing greater energy availability). However, in the absence of well-targeted investment policies, the rise in mining and oil exports causes a loss of competitiveness in other sectors, thus affecting long-term economic growth. As the Government of Niger has identified the mineral and oil sector as the main driver of growth for the national economy, this study aims to provide decision-makers with reliable evidence and recommendations to assist in defining and implementing the National Strategy for Social and Economic Development. Find out more about the research methods, findings and ensued policy recommendations through the following PEP publications (in French):


Project webpage and video | Working paper 2016-09Policy brief 124 | Slide presentation | More about the PEP-PAGE initiative

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