In a simultaneous model of human and physical capital accumulation for 17 Latin American countries from 1975 to 2004, we show that overall resource dependence is not significantly related to physical and human capital. Disaggregating the natural resource variable into subcategories, we find that petroleum export dependence is associated with higher physical capital and lower human capital, while agricultural export dependence is often associated with lower levels of physical capital. All of these effects are quantitatively small, however, casting doubt on the idea that natural resource dependence has stifled the accumulation of capital in the region.
Blanco, Luisa and Grier, Robin, "The (non) effect of natural resource dependence on capital accumulation in Latin America" (2011). Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy Working Papers. Paper 26.