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Does Aid Work for the Poor?

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  • Mark McGillivray

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    (Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University)

  • David Fielding

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Sebastian Torres

    (School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London)

  • Stephen Knowles

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

Abstract

This paper econometrically examines the impact of aid on the well-being of population sub-groups within 48 developing countries. This is a radical departure from previous empirical research of aid effectiveness at the country level, which has looked mainly at the relationship between aid and national aggregates, per capita GDP growth in particular. A specific concern of the paper is the impact of aid on the wealth, education and health of the poorest. Results indicate that while aid improves the wellbeing of the poorest groups, it is the richer groups that benefit the most.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1114.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
Date of revision: Dec 2011
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:1114

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Keywords: foreign aid; poverty; well-being; growth; wealth; health; education; mortality; fertility;

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  1. Yousuf, Ahmed Sadek, 2012. "Impact of Health Aid on Infant Mortality Rate," MPRA Paper 42945, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Oct 2012.
  2. Yousuf, Ahmed Sadek, 2012. "Assessing Impact of Health Oriented Aid on Infant Mortality Rates," EconStor Preprints 67391, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.

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