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On foreign aid distortions to governance

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  • Simplice Anutechia Asongu

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The Kangoye (2013, TDE) findings on the negative nexus between foreign aid unpredictability and governance could seriously affect debates in academic and policy making circles. Using the theoretical underpinnings of the celebrated Eubank (2012, JDS) literature, we first confirm Kangoye’s findings. Then extend the concept of governance from corruption to political, economic, institutional and general versions of the phenomenon. Findings from the extension run counter to those of Kangoye. It follows that in the presence of foreign aid uncertainty, governments could be constrained to improve governance standards in exchange for or anticipation of more dependence on local tax revenues. The empirical evidence is based on 53 African countries for the period 1996-2010. Two direct policy implications result. First, the Kangoye findings for developing countries are relevant for Africa. Second, when the concept of governance is not restricted to corruption, the findings become irrelevant for the continent.

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  • Simplice Anutechia Asongu, 2014. "On foreign aid distortions to governance," AAYE Policy Research Working Paper Series 14_015, Association of African Young Economists, revised Oct 2014.
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    1. Asongu, Simplice A, 2014. "The Evolving Debate on the Effect of Foreign Aid on Corruption and Institutions in Africa," MPRA Paper 58748, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Asongu, Simplice & Jellal, Mohamed, 2014. "Foreign aid, investment and fiscal policy behavior: theory and empirical evidence," MPRA Paper 64460, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Uncertainty; Foreign aid; Governance; Development; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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