Analysis: Asian investors grow wary

Most Australians have never heard of Dutch Disease, but they will soon because it is the financial phenomena playing a key role in killing resource sector construction jobs.


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Excellent article. Initially I thought your Dutch Disease would be a reference to the rise and fall of house prices over 4 centuries in Holland, but your 1960s example was superb. Textile manufactures in Spain dropped from several hundred to a handful over a decade during the Spanish Golden Age. David Landes in his Wealth and Poverty of Nations makes the case that true wealth is having skills and capacities. Financial wealth is transitory and does not ensure success in the long run.

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