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The Quality of Aid Statistics What We Should Be Measuring, and Why We Don’t

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  • R. Renard
  • D. Cassimon

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Measuring the size of international development aid is no easy matter. All sorts of definitional and statistical issues arise, and there are inevitably grey areas surrounding a concept that is so politically and normatively charged. This paper proposes a coherent framework for alternative aid measures. Against this background the statistics on aid published annually by the OECD are being assessed. The analysis focuses on three categories of aid: technical assistance, soft loans and debt relief. It is argued that lack of rigour and consistency considerably weaken the relevance of aid statistics for policy makers and researchers.

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Article provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen in its journal Review of Business and Economics.

Volume (Year): XLVIII (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 652-674

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