European Journal of Political Economy

The Ineffectiveness of Development Aid on Growth: An update

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Chris Doucouliagos, Martin Paldam

Abstract

This note deals with a paradox: A literature growing exponentially even though it keeps finding the same (disappointing) results. We draw upon 1217 estimates of aid effectiveness of which 676 are reported in recent years, to examine three subjects: (S1) Has the literature finally overcome the aid ineffectiveness result? (S2) Increasingly studies try to adjust for simultaneity bias. Has the evidence shown the existence of this bias? To these two questions the answer remains “no”. However, (S3) new evidence suggests that some aid components may have a positive effect on growth. This is a promising new result, but it is not yet confirmed by independent replication.

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