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Development Aid, Corruption, and the Happiness of Nations: Analysis of 118 countries over the years 1996-2009

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  • B. Mak ARVIN
  • Byron LEW

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Several studies emphasize the importance of the general environment in recipient countries for effectiveness of development aid. Another more recent strand of the literature considers whether the receipt of aid affects the happiness of developing countries. Since corruption, an indicator of the general environment, coexists with aid we consider an empirical model where both are arguments of a happiness production function. We present evidence on the relationship between happiness and aid given different levels of corruption. We find that accounting for corruption, aid has a negative marginal effect on happiness – but only in countries where corruption is most rampant.

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  • B. Mak ARVIN & Byron LEW, 2012. "Development Aid, Corruption, and the Happiness of Nations: Analysis of 118 countries over the years 1996-2009," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 12(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:aeinde:v:12:y:2012:i:2_5
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    1. Asongu, Simplice & Nwachukwu, Jacinta, 2016. "Is the Threat of Foreign Aid Withdrawal an Effective Deterrent to Political Oppression? Evidence from 53 African Countries," MPRA Paper 74649, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Simplice A. Asongu & Jacinta C. Nwachukwu, 2017. "Not all that glitters is gold: ICT and inclusive human development in Sub-Saharan Africa," International Journal of Happiness and Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(4), pages 303-322.
    3. Simplice Asongu, 2016. "Reinventing Foreign Aid For Inclusive And Sustainable Development: Kuznets, Piketty And The Great Policy Reversal," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(4), pages 736-755, September.
    4. Asongu Simplice, 2014. "The Evolving Debate on the Effect of Foreign Aid on Corruption and Institutions in Africa," Working Papers 14/009, African Governance and Development Institute..
    5. Simplice Asongu, 2014. "A brief clarification to the questionable economics of foreign aid for inclusive human development," Working Papers 14/028, African Governance and Development Institute..
    6. Asongu, Simplice, 2014. "Reinventing foreign aid for inclusive and sustainable development: a survey," MPRA Paper 65300, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Mueller, Valerie & Billings, Lucy & Mogues, Tewodaj & Peterman, Amber & Wineman, Ayala, 2015. "Filling the legal void? Experimental evidence from a community-based legal aid program for gender-equal land rights in Tanzania:," IFPRI discussion papers 1434, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    Keywords

    Happiness; Corruption; Foreign aid flows; Developing countries;

    JEL classification:

    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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