The Friday Podcast: Too Much Lithium Is Depressing : Planet Money Some economists want resource-rich countries to give money directly to the people. So far, they haven't found any takers.

The Friday Podcast: Too Much Lithium Is Depressing

Afghanistan, seen here, may be home to one of the world's biggest lithium deposits. That's probably a bad thing. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Friday Podcast: Too Much Lithium Is Depressing

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You remember the natural resource curse. It's the idea that being rich in natural resources -- oil, gold, lithium, whatever -- can actually harm a country's economic development.

On today's Planet Money, we talk to a couple economists who are pushing what sounds like a simple way to break the curse: Give the money directly to the people.

They recently took the idea on a road show to Africa, to try to convince a couple oil-rich countries to give it a try. It didn't go so well.

For more, read our post from this morning.

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