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The Potential of Foreign Aid as Insurance

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  • Stéphane Pallage

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Michel A. Robe

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Catherine Bérubé

    (International Monetary Fund)

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This paper quantifies the potential of foreign aid as an insurance mechanism against macroeconomic shocks. Within a dynamic model of aid flows between two endowment economies, we show that at least three-fourths of the large welfare costs of macroeconomic fluctuations in poor countries could be alleviated by a simple reallocation of aid flows across time. In developing countries subject to persistent macroeconomic shocks, the resulting welfare improvement is of first-order magnitude. Copyright 2006, International Monetary Fund

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  • Stéphane Pallage & Michel A. Robe & Catherine Bérubé, 2006. "The Potential of Foreign Aid as Insurance," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 53(3), pages 1-5.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:53:y:2006:i:3:p:5
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    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General

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