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The Effects of Aid on Rights and Governance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment


Peter M. Aronow


Yale University - Department of Political Science

Allison Sovey Carnegie


Yale University

Nikolay Marinov


University of Mannheim - Department of Political Science

August 2, 2012


Abstract:     
Does foreign aid promote good governance in recipient countries? We help arbitrate the debate over this question by leveraging a novel source of exogeneity: the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. We find that when a country’s former colonizer is the president of the Council of the European Union during the budget-making process, the country is allocated considerably more foreign aid than are countries whose former colonizer does not hold the presidency. Using instrumental variables estimation, we demonstrate that this aid has positive effects on multiple measures of human rights and governance, although the effects are short-lived after the shock to aid dissipates. We then disaggregate aid flows, present evidence for the causal mechanism at work, and offer directions for future advances.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: foreign aid, reforms, democratization, European Union

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Date posted: January 11, 2013  

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Aronow, Peter M. and Carnegie, Allison Sovey and Marinov, Nikolay, The Effects of Aid on Rights and Governance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment (August 2, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2199131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2199131

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Peter Michael Aronow
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
P.O. Box 208301
New Haven, CT 06520-8269
United States
Allison Sovey Carnegie
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
Nikolay Marinov (Contact Author)
University of Mannheim - Department of Political Science ( email )
Mannheim, D-68131
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.nikolaymarinov.com/
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