Commodities and Development Report 2017

Commodity Markets, Economic Growth and Development

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The 2017 Commodities and Development Report investigates the transmission channels through which commodity dependence affects micro- and macro-level development outcomes, examines long-term commodity price trends and simulates their impacts on economic agents, and highlights challenges and lessons from ten commodity-dependent developing country case studies. The report concludes that country-level strategies aimed at the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must address commodity dependence in order to be successful.



Recommendations for policymakers

This publication has discussed the linkages between commodity markets and development. Commodity dependence is strongly associated with lower human development in developing countries, and can hinder CDDCs’ progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving its SDGs. The transmission of commodity price volatility from international markets to national economies has repeatedly challenged policymakers in CDDCs over the years.


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