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Foreign aid, instability and governance in Africa

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  • Simplice A. Asongu

    (Yaoundé/Cameroon)

  • Joseph Nnanna

    (The Development Bank of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria)

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This study contributes to the attendant literature by bundling governance dynamics and focusing on foreign aid instability instead of foreign aid. We assess the role of foreign aid instability on governance dynamics in fifty three African countries for the period 1996-2010. An autoregressive endogeneity-robust Generalized Method of Moments is employed. Instabilities are measured in terms of variance of the errors and standard deviations. Three main aid indicators are used, namely: total aid, aid from multilateral donors and bilateral aid. Principal Component Analysis is used to bundle governance indicators, namely: political governance (voice & accountability and political stability/no violence), economic governance (regulation quality and government effectiveness), institutional governance (rule of law and corruption-control) and general governance (political, economic and institutional governance). Our findings show that foreign aid instability increases governance standards, especially political and general governance. Policy implications are discussed.

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  • Simplice A. Asongu & Joseph Nnanna, 2019. "Foreign aid, instability and governance in Africa," CEREDEC Working Papers 19/022, Centre de Recherche pour le Développement Economique (CEREDEC).
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    Instability; Foreign aid; Governance; Development; Africa;
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    • 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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