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Foreign Aid And Economic Growth: New Evidence From Panel Cointegration

  • Abdulnasser Hatemi-J


    (Department of Economics, University of Skovde)

  • Manuchehr Irandoust


    (Department of Economics, University of Orebro)

The relationship between foreign aid and economic growth is investigated for a panel of developing countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sri-Lanka, and Tanzania) over the period 1974-1996. The results reveal that the variables contain a panel unit root and they cointegrate in a panel perspective. The long-run elasticities (close to one for most countries) show that foreign aid has a positive and significant effect on economic activity for each country in the sample. A policy implication which may be drawn from the study is that foreign capital flows can have a favorable effect on real income by supplementing domestic savings.

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Article provided by Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics in its journal Journal Of Economic Development.

Volume (Year): 30 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 71-80

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