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Does US Aid Buy UN General Assembly Votes? A Disaggregated Analysis

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  • Axel Dreher

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    (Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich)

  • Peter Nunnenkamp

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Rainer Thiele

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Abstract

Using panel data for 143 countries over the period 1973-2002, this paper empirically analyzes the influence of US aid on voting patterns in the UN General Assembly. We use disaggregated aid data to account for the fact that various forms of aid may differ in their ability to induce political support by recipients. We obtain strong evidence that US aid buys voting compliance in the Assembly. More specifically, our results suggest that general budget support and untied grants are the major aid categories by which recipients have been induced to vote in line with the United States. When replicating the analysis for other G7 donors, no comparable patterns emerge.

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Paper provided by KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich in its series KOF Working papers with number 06-138.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:06-138

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Keywords: Bilateral Aid; UN General Assembly; Voting;

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