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Explaining development aid allocation by growth: A meta study

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  • Hristos Doucouliagos
  • Martin Paldam

    () (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

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The empirical literature explaining the driving forces behind the flows of development aid consists of (at least) 166 studies. One factor that has been analyzed in 30 of these studies is growth in the recipient country. A priori the effect may as well be positive as negative. This is an interesting factor for two reasons: (1) It is relatively easy to interpret the results, and (2) it is an important piece in the picture which suggests aid ineffectiveness. The paper is a meta- analysis of the 211 growth-aid estimates found in the 30 empirical studies. Additionally, we present new evidence using a panel data for 147 countries for the period 1967-2004. The result from both the meta-analysis and the primary data analysis is that growth does generate aid, so the dominating sign is positive. This result is driven partly by the large development banks.

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  • Hristos Doucouliagos & Martin Paldam, 2007. "Explaining development aid allocation by growth: A meta study," Economics Working Papers 2007-13, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
  • Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2007-13
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    1. Bjørnskov, Christian, 2010. "Do elites benefit from democracy and foreign aid in developing countries?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(2), pages 115-124, July.

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    Keywords

    Aid allocation; growth; meta-analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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