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Information Transmission and Ownership Consolidation in Aid Programs

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  • Axel Dreher
  • Silvia Marchesi

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This paper explores the role of information transmission in explaining donors’ choice between project aid and budget support. Budget support increases the involvement of recipient governments in the decision-making process and can thus be an example of a “delegation-scheme.” Conversely, project aid represents a more “centralized” type of aid. According to the theory, when countries’ local knowledge is more important than donors’ information, recipient countries’ discretion in the choice of policies should be increased (delegation). Conversely, there should be less freedom in designing policies when donors’ information is more relevant (centralization). The empirical analysis confirms that the importance of donors’ private information influences the amount of project aid, while recipients’ local knowledge is positively correlated with the amount of budget support.

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  • Axel Dreher & Silvia Marchesi, 2013. "Information Transmission and Ownership Consolidation in Aid Programs," CESifo Working Paper Series 4437, CESifo.
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    delegation; communication; ownership; foreign aid;
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    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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