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Coding Error or Statistical Embellishment? The Political Economy of Reporting Climate Aid


Michaelowa, A; Michaelowa, K (2011). Coding Error or Statistical Embellishment? The Political Economy of Reporting Climate Aid. World Development, 39(11):2010-2020.

Abstract

To benefit from a wide-spread public support for climate policy, aid agencies strive to show the climate relevance of their development activities. Using project-level aid data and country-level political data for 21 DAC donors from 1995 to 2007, we test whether this may lead to politically motivated misreporting. Through keyword search in individual project descriptions and complementary hand-coding we assess all aid activities for their actual climate change-related content, and thereby construct our most relevant control variables. Econometric results reveal that indeed, project coding is influenced systematically by the donor governments’ ideological orientation as well as by national voters’ environmental preferences.

To benefit from a wide-spread public support for climate policy, aid agencies strive to show the climate relevance of their development activities. Using project-level aid data and country-level political data for 21 DAC donors from 1995 to 2007, we test whether this may lead to politically motivated misreporting. Through keyword search in individual project descriptions and complementary hand-coding we assess all aid activities for their actual climate change-related content, and thereby construct our most relevant control variables. Econometric results reveal that indeed, project coding is influenced systematically by the donor governments’ ideological orientation as well as by national voters’ environmental preferences.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:development assistance, climate policy, public choice, project coding, mitigation, adaptation
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:29 Feb 2012 18:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:30
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0305-750X
Additional Information:Revised version of CIS Working Paper 56/2010, Zurich http://www.cis.ethz.ch/publications/publications/2010_WP56_Michaelowa_Michaelowa.pdf
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.07.020
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-57323

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