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Do we know what we think we know? Aid fragmentation and effectiveness revisited


Gehring, Kai; Michaelowa, Katharina; Dreher, Axel; Spörri, Franziska (2015). Do we know what we think we know? Aid fragmentation and effectiveness revisited. Discussion papers 185, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Abstract

Aid fragmentation is widely recognized as being detrimental to development outcomes. We re-investigate the impact of fragmentation on aid effectiveness in the context of growth, bureaucratic policy, and education, focusing on a number of conceptually different indicators of fragmentation, and paying attention to potentially heterogeneous effects across countries. Our results demonstrate the lack of robustness and any systematic pattern. This stresses the importance of questioning the sweeping conclusions drawn by much of the previous literature.

Aid fragmentation is widely recognized as being detrimental to development outcomes. We re-investigate the impact of fragmentation on aid effectiveness in the context of growth, bureaucratic policy, and education, focusing on a number of conceptually different indicators of fragmentation, and paying attention to potentially heterogeneous effects across countries. Our results demonstrate the lack of robustness and any systematic pattern. This stresses the importance of questioning the sweeping conclusions drawn by much of the previous literature.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
JEL Classification:F35, O11
Uncontrolled Keywords:aid effectiveness, fragmentation
Language:English
Date:September 2015
Deposited On:25 Nov 2015 15:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:32
Series Name:Discussion papers
Number of Pages:38
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Related URLs:http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/82144.html
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http://www2.vwl.wiso.uni-goettingen.de/courant-papers/CRC-PEG_DP_185.pdf
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-114792

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