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US Politics and World Bank IDA-Lending

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  • Thomas Barnebeck Andersen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Henrik Hansen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Thomas Markussen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Abstract

This paper studies the role of US political factors in the allocation of World Bank concessional lending, where US political interests are proxied by voting similarity in the United Nations General Assembly on issues identified as important by the US Department of State. In contrast to previous studies we find that the US exerted a significant influence on IDA lending during the period 1993 - 2000. We demonstrate that the influence was both statistically as well as economically significant. Finally, we demonstrate that our result is robust with respect to the omission of the IDA Country Performance Rating index.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 05-06.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2004
Date of revision: May 2005
Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0506

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