Management of Oil Wealth Under the Permanent Income Hypothesis: The Case of Sao Tome and Principe

Author/Editor: Segura, Alonso
Publication Date: July 01, 2006
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Summary: This paper documents the protracted process of shaping the rules governing oil operations in São Tomé and Príncipe. It analyzes the institutional framework for oil sector development, which applies Milton Friedman's permanent income hypothesis to the management of oil resources. São Tomé and Príncipe is the first country in Africa to adopt this rule. Finally, the paper offers a preliminary quantitative analysis of the impact of oil sector development on government consumption and savings. It shows that the country's oil wealth could be significant, which would enable sustainable government consumption and intergenerational equity through a gradual buildup of the Permanent Fund for Future Generations.
Series: Working Paper No. 06/183
Subject(s): Oil | Sao Tome and Principe | Oil revenues | São Tomé and Príncipe

Author's Keyword(s): Sao Tome and Principe | oil resources | permanent income hypothesis | fiscal rules
Publication Date: July 01, 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 0 / 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2006183 Pages: 34
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