By Mojde Rezaee & Alireza Hojjatnia
“Dutch disease is the negative impact on an economy of anything that gives rise to a sharp inflow of foreign currency, such as the discovery of large oil reserves. The currency inflows lead to currency appreciation, making the country’s other products less price competitive on the export market”
With a rise in commodity prices, it is expected for oil rich nations to witness economic growth and generally a better economic performance. Unless being managed accordingly by adopting adequate and effective policies, such massive revenues will cause irreparable economic catastrophes which had been covered and hidden before. The economic aftermaths for the nation would be abnormal inflation growth, meteoric rise in real estate prices, reduced manufacturing and high unemployment rate which all end in instability and drop by drop will worn out the economy’s infrastructures.