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There is now an extensive literature on the adverse effect of petroleum wealth on the political, economic and social well-being of a country. In this study we examine whether the so-called resource curse extends to the health of children, as measured by under-five mortality. We argue that the type of revenue available to governments in petroleum-rich countries reduces their incentive to improve child health. Whereas the type of revenue available to governments in petroleum-poor countriesdoi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.01.038 pmid:28142099 fatcat:bvybzmnag5d7rnzc4ixjk4ryne