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Business Cycle Fluctuations, Large Shocks, and Development Aid

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  • Era Dabla-Norris
  • Camelia Minoiu
  • Luis-Felipe Zanna

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We examine the cyclical properties of development aid using bilateral data for 22 donors and over 100 recipients during 1970?2005. We find that bilateral aid flows are on average procyclical with respect to business cycles in donor and recipient countries. However, they become countercyclical when recipient countries face large adverse shocks to the terms-of-trade or growth collapses-thus playing an important cushioning role. Aid outlays contract sharply during severe donor economic downturns; this effect is magnified by higher public debt levels. Additionally, bilateral aid flows are higher in the presence of IMF programs and are more countercyclical for recipient countries with stronger institutions.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2010
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Keywords: Aid flows; Developed countries; Developing countries; Economic growth; Economic models; External shocks; Fund; Terms of trade; bilateral aid; foreign aid; development aid; dynamic effects; aid allocation; bilateral trade; world economy; foreign aid policy; bilateral flows; trade theories; terms of trade shocks; humanitarian aid; commodity prices; political economy; export price; trade flows; trade shocks; bilateral trade data; international aid; export prices; balance trade; aggregate volatility; trade data; economic cooperation; aid effectiveness; trade shock; exchange rate regimes;

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