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Can foreign aid dampen the threat of terrorism to international trade? Evidence from 78 developing countries

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  • Simplice Asongu

    () (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

  • Ivo Leke

    () (Saskatoon, Canada)

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The study investigates whether development assistance can be used to crowd-out the negative effect of terrorism on international trade. The empirical evidence is based on a panel of 78 developing countries for the period 1984-2008 and Quantile Regressions. The following main findings are established. First, bilateral aid significantly reduces the negative effect of transnational terrorism on trade in the top quantiles of the trade distribution. Second, multilateral aid also significantly mitigates the negative effect of terrorism dynamics on trade in the top quantiles of the trade distributions. It follows that it is primarily in countries with above median levels of international trade that development assistance can be used as an effective policy tool for dampening the adverse effects of terrorism on trade. Practical implications are discussed.

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  • Simplice Asongu & Ivo Leke, 2018. "Can foreign aid dampen the threat of terrorism to international trade? Evidence from 78 developing countries," Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. 18/032, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    Keywords

    Exports; Foreign Aid; Terrorism; Development;

    JEL classification:

    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • Q34 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Natural Resources and Domestic and International Conflicts
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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