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Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion


Benjamin E. Goldsmith


University of Sydney

Yusaku Horiuchi


Dartmouth College - Department of Government

Terence Wood


Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

January 31, 2014

Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 87-114, March 2014

Abstract:     
Does foreign aid extended by one country improve that country’s image among populations of recipient countries? Using a multinational survey, we show that a United States aid program targeted to address HIV and AIDS substantially improves perceptions of the U.S. Our identification strategy for causal inference is to use instrumental variables measuring the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS problem in aid recipient countries. Our finding implies that in addition to its potential humanitarian benefits, foreign aid that is targeted, sustained, effective, and visible can serve an important strategic goal for those countries that give it: fostering positive perceptions among foreign publics. By doing good, a country can do well.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: foreign aid, U.S. foreign policy, HIV, AIDS, PEPFAR, public opinion, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: A12, F35, I18, O55

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Date posted: December 1, 2013 ; Last revised: September 4, 2014

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Goldsmith, Benjamin E. and Horiuchi, Yusaku and Wood, Terence, Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion (January 31, 2014). Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 87-114, March 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2361691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2361691

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Benjamin E. Goldsmith
University of Sydney ( email )
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Yusaku Horiuchi (Contact Author)
Dartmouth College - Department of Government ( email )
204 Silsby Hall
HB 6108
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
HOME PAGE: http://sites.dartmouth.edu/horiuchi/
Terence Wood
Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )
7 Liversidge Street
Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia
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