2012-2013 Essay Contest



The following is a short list of resources to get you thinking about the essay question. A lot of information on the oil boom is available, and this list shouldn’t be considered exhaustive, but a starting point. Remember, creative research will be rewarded, so a trip to your library could pay off.


The Minneapolis Fed’s Bakken Oil Boom page

Mahon, Joe. “Black gold rush.” fedgazette. September 2005.

The boom

Davies, Phil. “Desperately seeking workers in the oil patch.” fedgazette. April 2012.

Davies, Phil. “No room at the inn.” fedgazette. April 2012.


Haga, Chuck. “Western N.D. combats ‘learning curve’ on roads.” Forum Communications. August 17, 2010.

Kusnetz, Nicholas. “North Dakota’s oil boom brings damage along with prosperity.” Propublica. Sept. 19, 2011.

Long-run growth

Karl, Terry. “Oil-Led Development: Social, Political and Economic Consequences.” Working paper, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, January 2007.

Wise, Holly, and Sokol Shtylla. “The Role of the Extractive Sector in Expanding Economic Opportunity.” John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 2007.


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