How Did Africa’s Prospective Petroleum Producers Fall Victim to the Presource Curse
This paper reviews resource sector developments in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that made their first (major) petroleum discoveries during the most recent commodity boom. The analysis, which goes back to 2001, looks at sector forecasts of international organizations, governments, and companies and compares them with the results that emerged.
Institutional Design in Low-Capacity Oil Hotspots:
This paper focuses on low-capacity countries courted by investors seeking access to petroleum resources during the exploration boom. The key question that emerges in all cases is how to organize and manage the petroleum sector in order to maximize the public benefit derived from oil and gas resources. In particular, what role should national oil companies and other governing bodies have?