In this study, we look for a financial channel between oil price volatility and the resource curse by using firm-level data. We show that a collapse in oil price leads to an adverse effect on firm borrowing in resource-dependent countries for both resource and non-resource firms. We also find evidence that the decline in leverage is to some extent attributed to the supply of credit. The results suggest that oil price volatility harms economic diversification in resource-dependent countries through a financial channel.
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