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Types of Foreign Aid

  • Christian Bjørnskov

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University)

Foreign aid is given for many purposes and different intentions, yet most studies treat aid flows as a unitary concept. This paper uses factor analysis to separate aid flows into different types. The main types can be interpreted as aid for economic purposes, social purposes, and reconstruction; a residual category captures remaining purposes. Estimating the growth effects of separable types of aid suggests that most aid has no effects while reconstruction aid has direct positive effects. Although this type only applies in special circumstances, it has become more prevalent in more recent years.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2013-08.

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Length: 41
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2013-08
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