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Aid and Dutch Disease in the South Pacific

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  • David Fielding

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

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The impact of aid inflows on relative prices and output is ambiguous. Aid inflows that increase domestic expenditure are likely to cause real exchange rate appreciation, ceteris paribus. However, if this expenditure raises the capital stock in the traded goods sector, then output in this sector might not contract, at least in the steady state. Moreover, if investment in the non-traded goods sector is relatively high and/or productive, then there is not necessarily any real exchange rate appreciation in the steady state. We use time-series data to examine the impact of aid inflows on output and real exchange rates in ten South Pacific island states, and find aid inflows to produce a variety of outcomes in economies of different kind.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0703.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0703

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Keywords: aid; Dutch Disease; South Pacific;

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  1. Fielding, David & Gibson, Fred, 2012. "Aid and Dutch Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  2. Ben Naceur, Sami & Bakardzhieva, Damyana & Kamar, Bassem, 2012. "Disaggregated Capital Flows and Developing Countries’ Competitiveness," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 223-237.

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