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Aid and Growth: What Meta-Analysis Reveals

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  • Tseday Jemaneh Mekasha
  • Finn Tarp

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Recent literature in the meta-analysis category where results from a range of studies are brought together throws doubt on the ability of foreign aid to foster economic growth and development. This article assesses what meta-analysis has to contribute to the literature on the effectiveness of foreign aid in terms of growth impact. We re-examine key hypotheses, and find that the effect of aid on growth is positive and statistically significant. This significant effect is genuine, and not an artefact of publication selection. We also show why our results differ from those published elsewhere.

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  • Tseday Jemaneh Mekasha & Finn Tarp, 2013. "Aid and Growth: What Meta-Analysis Reveals," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(4), pages 564-583, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:49:y:2013:i:4:p:564-583
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2012.709621
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