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  • Kanbur, Ravi

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This paper presents an overview of the economics of international aid, highlighting the historical literature and the contemporary debates. It reviews the “trade-theoretic” and the “contract-theoretic” analytical literature, and the empirical and institutional literature. It demonstrates a great degree of continuity in the policy concerns of the aid discourse in the twentieth century, and shows how the theoretical, empirical and institutional literature has evolved to address specific policy concerns of each period.

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Paper provided by Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management in its series Working Papers with number 127784.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:cudawp:127784

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