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The Relationship Between Aid and Debt: Preliminary Empirical Evidence

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  • Miles Cahill


    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Paul Iseley

    (Department of Economics, Grand Valley State University)

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    Preliminary tests are conducted on the Cahill and Isely (1998) model. In this model, the level of external debt is partially determined by foreign aid. Specifically, this model suggests that the level of external debt for an LDC is positively related to GDP and aid, but is negatively related to absorbtion. Preliminary empirical tests find support for this model, despite the fact there are serious data issues. However, support was not found for the proposition that aid is provided to keep LDCs stable. Because they are generally supportive, the results suggest that more detailed testing of the model is warranted. Future tests are outlined to address some of the shortcomings of these preliminary tests.

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    Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 9803.

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    Length: 9 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 1998
    Publication status: Published in The American Economist, Vol. 44:2, Fall 2000, pp. 78-91.
    Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:9803
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