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Dynamic aid allocation

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  • Patrick Carter

    (Overseas Development Institute (ODI))

  • Fabien Postel-Vinay

    (Département d'économie)

  • Jonathan Temple

    (Department of Economics (University of Bristol))

This paper introduces a framework for studying the optimal dynamic allocation of foreign aid among multiple recipients. We pose the problem as one of weighted global welfare maximization. A donor in the North chooses an optimal path for international transfers, anticipating that consumption and investment decisions will be made by optimizing households in the South, and accounting for limits in the extent to which recipients can effectively absorb aid. We present quantitative results on optimal aid policy by applying our approach to a neoclassical growth model, where the scope for aid-funded growth is determined by the recipients' distance from steady-state.

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Date of creation: Mar 2015
Publication status: Published in Journal of International Economics, 2015, vol. 95, pp.291-304
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