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Grants to needy countries? A study of aid composition between 1975 and 2005

  • Johansson, Pernilla

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    This paper studies whether the poorest and most indebted countries receive aid in the form of grants rather than loans. By studying bilateral aid flows to low- and middle-income countries between 1975 and 2005, the paper provides evidence on the determinants of the grant component of aid flows. While the empirical analysis finds no evidence that more indebted countries receive a higher grant component, it shows that poorer countries receive a significantly higher grant component of aid, although the size of the effect is rather limited.

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    Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009:19.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 17 Dec 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2009_019
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