Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts

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Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth : Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts. / Andersen, Jørgen Juel; Johannesen, Niels; Lassen, David Dreyer; Paltseva, Elena.

I: Journal of the European Economic Association, Bind 15, Nr. 4, 08.2017, s. 818-860.

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Andersen, JJ, Johannesen, N, Lassen, DD & Paltseva, E 2017, 'Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts', Journal of the European Economic Association, bind 15, nr. 4, s. 818-860. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvw019

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Andersen, J. J., Johannesen, N., Lassen, D. D., & Paltseva, E. (2017). Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts. Journal of the European Economic Association, 15(4), 818-860. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvw019

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Andersen JJ, Johannesen N, Lassen DD, Paltseva E. Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts. Journal of the European Economic Association. 2017 aug;15(4):818-860. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvw019

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Andersen, Jørgen Juel ; Johannesen, Niels ; Lassen, David Dreyer ; Paltseva, Elena. / Petro Rents, Political Institutions, and Hidden Wealth : Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts. I: Journal of the European Economic Association. 2017 ; Bind 15, Nr. 4. s. 818-860.

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