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Are there Negative Returns to Aid? a Comment

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  • Mwanza Nkusu

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Amid controversies surrounding aid effectiveness, an increasing number of empirical studies find support for the idea that aid can spur growth and that the aid-growth relationship is nonlinear. Lensink and White propose a model to illustrate the possible existence of what has been labeled an "aid Laffer curve." This short paper highlights the model's weaknesses and suggests that the model does not fulfill the purpose of illustrating the possible existence of negative returns to aid.

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  • Mwanza Nkusu, 2004. "Are there Negative Returns to Aid? a Comment," IMF Working Papers 04/212, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/212
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    1. Henrik Hansen & Finn Tarp, 2000. "Aid effectiveness disputed," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(3), pages 375-398, April.
    2. David Dollar & Craig Burnside, 2000. "Aid, Policies, and Growth," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(4), pages 847-868, September.
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    1. Larru, Jose Maria, 2006. "La ayuda al desarrollo: ┬┐reduce la pobreza?
      [Foreign Aid: reduce poverty? (in Spanish)]
      ," MPRA Paper 2341, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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