Mining, deaths and dropouts: International evidence on the long-run health and education effects of mining

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 22 November 2013


Coombs Seminar Room A, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Ryan Edwards, PhD candidate, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.


Robert Sparrow

There is much interest in the socio-economic effects of mining. Using data for a large sample of countries, I find that mining-focused economic development results in inferior health and education outcomes. I employ an instrumental variable to address endogeneity concerns. Mining-focused development is associated with less health investment, the crowding out of non-mining sectors, and institutional deterioration. Countries that achieve broader-based economic growth experience more rapid improvements in health and education. The effect of mining on health and education outcomes appears to be similar in countries with different institutions and at different development levels.

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