Mining and poverty in Papua New Guinea: Case studies at Ok Tedi and Porgera

Londari Yamarak, Kevin Parton

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Abstract

Mining has been a controversial industry in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Its newsworthiness has stemmed from the dramatic environmental and social consequences that have dogged mining development in PNG over the last several decades. Without downplaying the importance of these issues in any way, the focus in the present paper is on the relationship between mining and poverty in two of the country’s largest mining regions – Ok Tedi and Porgera. We use the techniques of logistic regression and propensity score matching to investigate the differences between mining and non-mining villages in these two regions. The results overall suggest that mining does reduce poverty, but when you correct for non-randomness in the data the effects are much smaller than it first appears.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAARES Conference 2019 proceedings
PublisherAARES
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event63rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES 2019) - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre , Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 Feb 201915 Feb 2019
Conference number: 63rd
https://web.archive.org/web/20190202124642/https://www.aares.org.au/imis_prod/AARES2016/Events/2019_Annual_Conference/AARES2016/Event/2019AC/2019AC_Home_Page.aspx?hkey=6354dd3f-4265-4364-b3cd-fa026db77108 (conference website)
http://www.aares.org.au/imis_prod/documents/2019AC/AARES-2019-FINAL-PROGRAM.pdf (conference program)

Conference

Conference63rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES 2019)
Abbreviated titleDynamic change in agriculture and resources
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period12/02/1915/02/19
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