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Does the World Bank have any impact on human development of the poorest countries? Some preliminary evidence from Africa

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In an attempt to better understand the impact of the World Bank on human development in poor countries, we use cross-country data on African countries, for the 1990-2002 period, to examine this relationship. The coefficient estimates of our parsimonious fixed-effects models indicate that while loans and grants of the Bank have had a positive impact on some relatively short-term indicators of health and education in an average African country, there is little evidence to suggest that such loans and grants have helped these countries to consolidate on the short-term gains.
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  • Bhaumik, Sumon Kumar, 2005. "Does the World Bank have any impact on human development of the poorest countries? Some preliminary evidence from Africa," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 422-432, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:29:y:2005:i:4:p:422-432
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    1. Ziesemer, Thomas, 2012. "The impact of development aid on education and health: Survey and new evidence from dynamic models," MERIT Working Papers 057, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • P45 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - International Linkages

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