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Foreign Aid, Growth, Policy And Reform

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  • Debasri Mukherjee

    () (Western Michigan University)

  • Elias Shukralla

    () (St. Louis Community College)

  • Eskander Alvi

    () (Western Michigan University)

Abstract

Whether good macroeconomic policy facilitates aid effectiveness in generating growth is a highly debated topic. In this paper we investigate if economic reform has a favorable effect on the aid-growth relation—specifically, if reform enhances the effect of aid on growth. In doing so, we also construct a new policy index and examine the robustness of the Burnside and Dollar (2000) ‘policy view'. The results indicate that although our new policy index and reform are both growth enhancing, they do not increase aid-effectiveness and aid seem to play no positive role in the picture.

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  • Debasri Mukherjee & Elias Shukralla & Eskander Alvi, 2008. "Foreign Aid, Growth, Policy And Reform," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(6), pages 1-9.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08o10006
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    1. Andreas Freytag & Jac C. Heckelman, 2012. "Has Assistance from USAID been Successful for Democratization? Evidence from the Transition Economies of Eastern Europe and Eurasia," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(4), pages 636-657, December.
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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General

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