Aid for Trade and Welfare
Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics
Japanese Economic Review, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 216-231, 2012
A new foreign aid initiative called Aid for Trade is intended to improve a recipient's trade‐related infrastructure which lowers its trade costs. We formulate a two‐country, continuum‐good Ricardian model, where each country's transport cost is inversely related to its effective public services which are subject to congestion. Our numerical experiments show that an increase in the donor's aid/GDP ratio within a certain range raises welfare in both countries if the recipient's relative income tax rate is sufficiently small.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
JEL Classification: F35, H54Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 24, 2012
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