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Aid and Government Fiscal Behavior: Assessing Recent Evidence

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This paper reviews evidence published in the last 10years that has added to our understanding of the effects of aid on government spending and tax effort in recipient countries, with a discussion of when (general) budget support is a fiscally efficient aid modality. Three generalizations are permitted by the evidence: aid finances government spending; the extent to which aid is fungible is over-stated and even where it is fungible this does not appear to make the aid less effective; and there is no systematic effect of aid on tax effort. Beyond these conclusions effects are country-specific.

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  • Morrissey, Oliver, 2015. "Aid and Government Fiscal Behavior: Assessing Recent Evidence," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 98-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:69:y:2015:i:c:p:98-105
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.12.008
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