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An Analysis of Food Aid and Altruism

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  • MoonJoong Tcha

    (Department of Economics, The University of Western Australia)

  • Fiona Lio

    (Department of Economics, The University of Western Australia)

Abstract

This study constructs an altruism model of food aid. A theoretical model is constructed and shows that how each country's donation to the recipient countries is determined, based on relevant variables in association with each donor country's altruism. Analyses of data using donations through the World Food Program indicate that an empirical analysis of food donation, which does not incorporate altruism, may provide misinformation regarding the effect of relevant variables, especially the level of the donor's income, on the donation decision.

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  • MoonJoong Tcha & Fiona Lio, 2002. "An Analysis of Food Aid and Altruism," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 02-19, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:02-19
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    Keywords

    Food aids; altruism;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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