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Aid, Policies and Growth: A Non-Canonical Alternative for solving This Puzzle

  • Fuentes, Raúl

This paper presents a two-sector small semi-open economy Ramsey growth model involving foreign aid as an input in the production function. An activist government allocates this input endogenously across sectors and optimizes policies in a non-standard way. Once calibrated, mainly on countries exhibiting medium relative prices values, the model reproduces the main stylized facts outlined in the literature and suggests a strategy that could make aid work.

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics in its series Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Kiel 2005 with number 14.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:gdec05:3487
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