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Aiding Middle-income Countries? The Case of Spain


  • Sergio Tezanos Vazquez


The geographical allocation of Spanish aid has been little studied, despite its unusual concentration on middle-income countries. This paper develops a theoretical model in which aid allocation depends on a combination of recipient needs, donor interests and performance criteria, and estimates it econometrically for Spain. The results show that the allocation of Spanish aid has been influenced both by Spain's own foreign policy interests and by recipient needs for poverty reduction and development (although not by the quality of recipient governance or recipient absorptive capacity). Former Spanish colonies received a disproportionate share of Spain's aid (as is true mutatis mutandis for other European countries), but aid is allocated among them with greater regard to recipient need than is Spain's aid to other developing countries.

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  • Sergio Tezanos Vazquez, 2008. "Aiding Middle-income Countries? The Case of Spain," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(4), pages 409-438.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:36:y:2008:i:4:p:409-438 DOI: 10.1080/13600810802455104

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    1. Larrú, José María & Tezanos Vázquez, Sergio, 2012. "Ayuda oficial española al desarrollo: Los retos de la especialización geográfica y sectorial/Spanish Official Development Assistance: The Geographical and Sector Specialization Challenges," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 889-914, Diciembre.

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