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Do institutions and social cohesion enhance the effectiveness of aid? New Evidence from Africa

  • Mina Baliamoune-Lutz


Using the Arellano-Bond dynamic panel GMM estimator, this paper explores the effects of aid, institutions, and social cohesion on per-capita income growth in 34 African countries, focusing in particular on the interplay of aid and institutions and the interplay of aid and social cohesion. The empirical results indicate that social cohesion enhances the growth effects of aid but there is a threshold effect, suggesting that aid becomes effective in enhancing growth in countries with higher social cohesion. Surprisingly, the results show that beyond a certain level of improvements in institutional quality, institutions (political rights and civil liberties) reduce the effectiveness of aid. We discuss the implications of these results.

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Paper provided by ICER - International Centre for Economic Research in its series ICER Working Papers with number 13-2011.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:13-2011
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