ICTD Research in Brief 26

This ICTD Research in Brief is a two-page summary of ICTD Working paper 81 by Olav Lundstøl. This series is aimed at policy makers, tax administrators, fellow researchers and anyone else who is big on interest and short on time. The paper examines the resource rent literature and findit a complicated basis for assessing revenue sharing between government and companies. An alternative approach that compares the relative contribution of mining to government revenue and gross domestic product is utilised as a proxy for this purpose. Using a twenty-year data set for dominant mining countries in Sub Saharan Africa together with two benchmark global mining countries, we estimate foregone mining government revenue of 2–13 percent of GDP per year on average for countries such as Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia in particular.


Olav Lundstøl

Olav has eighteen years of continuous development economist experience in Latin America, Asia and Africa, working for both multilateral and bilateral agencies, and with an emphasis ranging from analysis, advice and management in the field of energy-extractives-climate, public financial management-taxation-audit, corruption-illicit financial flows and macroeconomic issues. He is the Policy Director of Tax and Capital Flight at NORAD.
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