Stephen Knack

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Senior Research Economist

1818 H. Street, N.W.

MSN3-311

Washington, DC 20433

United States

http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/sknack

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Citation 80

Trust and Growth

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 18 Oct 1998
Paul J. Zak and Stephen Knack
Claremont Graduate University - Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Trust and Growth

Posted: 08 Apr 2002
Paul J. Zak and Stephen Knack
Claremont Graduate University - Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Trust, Growth, Moral Hazard, Heterogeneity, Inequality, Discrimination, Uncertainty

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Does Foreign Aid Promote Democracy?

IRIS Center Working Paper No. 238
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 08 Mar 2001
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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democracy, aid, foreign aid

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Gender and Corruption

IRIS Center Working Paper No. 232
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 15 Feb 2001
Anand Swamy, Young Lee, Omar Azfar and Stephen Knack
Williams College, University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 1,805 (11,844)
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gender, corruption, women

The Effect of Aid on Growth: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment

Number of pages: 60 Posted: 25 Feb 2014 Last Revised: 26 Mar 2015
University of Maryland - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Michigan State University - Department of Economics
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Aid effectiveness; growth; causal effect and quasi-experiment

The Effect of Aid on Growth: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6865
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
University of Maryland - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Michigan State University - Department of Economics
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Achieving Shared Growth, Economic Theory & Research, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Inequality, Country Strategy & Performance

The Effect of Aid on Growth: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment

Number of pages: 68 Posted: 11 Apr 2016 Last Revised: 25 Jul 2021
University of Maryland - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Michigan State University - Department of Economics
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Measuring Corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: A Critique of the Cross-Country Indicators

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3968
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 1,340 (18,807)
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Governance Indicators, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Science Education, Corruption & Anitcorruption Law

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Building Trust: Public Policy, Interpersonal Trust, and Economic Development

Number of pages: 22 Posted: 01 May 2002
Stephen Knack and Paul J. Zak
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Claremont Graduate University - Center for Neuroeconomics Studies
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Trust, Growth, Policy, Education, Inequality

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Aid Dependence and the Quality of Governance: A Cross-Country Empirical Analysis

Number of pages: 39 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Social Capital and the Quality of Government: Evidence from the United States

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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The Worldwide Governance Indicators and Tautology: Causally Related Separable Concepts, Indicators of a Common Cause, or Both?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4669
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Laura Langbein and Stephen Knack
American University - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Governance Indicators, National Governance, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences, Information Security & Privacy

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Aid Quality and Donor Rankings

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5290
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack, F. Halsey Rogers and Nicholas Eubank
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank and Vanderbilt Center for Study of Democratic Institutions
Downloads 347 (111,027)
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Gender and Health, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Economic Adjustment and Lending, Disability, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis

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Boondoggles and Expropriation: Rent-Seeking and Policy Distortion When Property Rights are Insecure

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 10 Dec 2002
Philip Keefer and Stephen Knack
Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Polarization, Politics, and Property Rights: Links between Inequality and Growth

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Philip Keefer and Stephen Knack
Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 287 (136,209)
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Social Capital and the Quality of Government: Evidence from the U.S. States

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2504
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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National Governance, Economic Theory &Research, Poverty Assessment, Health Economics &Finance, Social Capital

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International Aid and Financial Crises in Donor Countries

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5162
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Hai-Anh Dang, Stephen Knack and F. Halsey Rogers
World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank
Downloads 257 (152,446)
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Economic Conditions and Volatility, Labor Policies, Debt Markets, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Banks & Banking Reform

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Donor Fragmentation and Bureaucratic Quality in Aid Recipients

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack and Aminur Rahman
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University College London
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Citation 25

Foreign Aid and Market-Liberalizing Reform

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 22 Apr 2005
Jac C. Heckelman and Stephen Knack
Wake Forest University - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Foreign Aid and Market-Liberalizing Reform

Economica, Vol. 75, No. 299, pp. 524-548, August 2008
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 Jul 2008
Jac C. Heckelman and Stephen Knack
Wake Forest University - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Individual and Country-Level Factors Affecting Support for Foreign Aid

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4714
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack and Pamela Paxton
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of Texas at Austin
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Post Conflict Reconstruction, Gender and Health, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Foreign Aid, Disability

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Social Polarization, Political Institutions, and Country Creditworthiness

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Philip Keefer and Stephen Knack
Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Aid and Trust in Country Systems

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5005
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack and Nicholas Eubank
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Vanderbilt Center for Study of Democratic Institutions
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Gender and Health, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Economic Theory & Research, Disability, Microfinance

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Are Larger Countries Really More Corrupt?

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Omar Azfar and Stephen Knack
University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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World Bank Lending and the Quality of Economic Policy

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6924
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Lodewijk Smets and Stephen Knack
KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 109 (315,007)
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Banks & Banking Reform, Economic Adjustment and Lending, Economic Theory & Research, Debt Markets, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures

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Donor Fragmentation and Bureaucratic Quality in Aid Recipients

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3186
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack and Aminur Rahman
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank
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Public Health Promotion, Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Decentralization, Health Economics & Finance, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, ICT Policy and Strategies, Economic Adjustment and Lending

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Sovereign Rents and the Quality of Tax Policy and Administration

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4773
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Which Donors, Which Funds? The Choice of Multilateral Funds by Bilateral Donors at the World Bank

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7441
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
University of Cambridge, University of Zurich - Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Non Governmental Organizations, Public Sector Management and Reform, Economics and Institutions

Which Donors, Which Funds? The Choice of Multilateral Funds by Bilateral Donors at the World Bank

Number of pages: 47 Posted: 13 Jul 2014
University of Cambridge, University of Zurich - Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Trust funds, multilateral funds, World Bank, aid allocation

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How Does the World Bank Influence the Development Policy Priorities of Low-Income and Lower-Middle Income Countries?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9225
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 01 May 2020 Last Revised: 06 May 2020
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), affiliation not provided to SSRN, Sunwater Institute and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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Inequality, Disability, Access of Poor to Social Services, Economic Assistance, Services & Transfers to Poor, Health Care Services Industry, Educational Sciences, Macroeconomic Management

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Deterring Kickbacks and Encouraging Entry in Public Procurement Markets: Evidence from Firm Surveys in 88 Developing Countries

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8078
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 13 Jun 2017
Stephen Knack, Nataliya Biletska and Kanishka Kacker
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank and World Bank
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Marketing, Non Governmental Organizations, Private Sector Economics, Economics and Institutions, Public Sector Management and Reform, Private Sector Development Law

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Interactions Among Donors'Aid Allocations: Evidence from an Exogenous World Bank Income Threshold

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7039
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack, Lixin Colin Xu, Lixin Colin Xu and Ben Zou
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Michigan State University - Department of Economics
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Fiscal & Monetary Policy, Public Sector Management and Reform, Non Governmental Organizations, Consumption, Economics and Institutions

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World Bank Policy Lending and the Quality of Public Sector Governance

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7267
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Lodewijk Smets and Stephen Knack
KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 69 (416,075)
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Public Sector Management and Reform, Economics and Institutions, Non Governmental Organizations

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When Do Donors Trust Recipient Country Systems?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6019
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Gender and Health, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Disability, Coastal and Marine Environment, Microfinance

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Poverty and Policy Selectivity of World Bank Trust Funds

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7731
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 19 Jul 2016
Vera Z. Eichenauer and Stephen Knack
KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Economics and Institutions, Public Sector Management and Reform, Conflict and Fragile States, Non Governmental Organizations

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Moving Up the Ladder: An Analysis of IDA Graduation Policy

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9208
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 09 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2020
World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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Unbundling Institutions for External Finance: Worldwide Firm-Level Evidence

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7287
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack, Lixin Colin Xu and Lixin Colin Xu
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Private Sector Economics, Marketing, Private Sector Development Law

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Crossing the Threshold: An Analysis of Ibrd Graduation Policy

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5531
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Jac C. Heckelman, Stephen Knack and F. Halsey Rogers
Wake Forest University - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank
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Economic Theory & Research, Emerging Markets, Banks & Banking Reform, Labor Policies, Debt Markets

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Aid Tying and Donor Fragmentation

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5934
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack and Lodewijk Smets
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)
Downloads 58 (454,144)
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Gender and Health, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Disability, School Health, Economic Theory & Research

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Building or Bypassing Recipient Country Systems: Are Donors Defying the Paris Declaration?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6423
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Technology Industry, Gender and Health, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Microfinance, Public Sector Expenditure Policy

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The Correlation between Human Capital and Morality and its Effect on Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5720
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
David J. Balan and Stephen Knack
U.S. Federal Trade Commission and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Educational Sciences, Teaching and Learning, Economic Theory & Research, Ethics & Belief Systems, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences

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On the Delegation of Aid Implementation to Multilateral Agencies

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7455
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Kurt Annen and Stephen Knack
University of Guelph - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 36 (550,345)
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Public Sector Management and Reform, Economics and Institutions, Non Governmental Organizations

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Political Ideology, Quality at Entry and the Success of Economic Reform Programs

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6130
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Lodewijk Smets, Stephen Knack and Nadia Molenaers
KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of Antwerp - Institute of Development Policy and Management
Downloads 34 (560,971)
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Economic Adjustment and Lending, Banks & Banking Reform, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Economic Theory & Research, Debt Markets

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Taxation Without Representation? Experimental Evidence from Ghana and Uganda on Citizen Action Toward Taxes, Oil, and Aid

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8137
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 24 Jul 2017
Stanford University, Princeton University - Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Brigham Young University and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 28 (595,443)

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Public Finance Decentralization and Poverty Reduction, Macro-Fiscal Policy, Public Sector Economics, Global Environment, Economic Adjustment and Lending, Non Governmental Organizations, Taxation & Subsidies, Economics and Institutions, Public Sector Management and Reform

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It's Only Words: Validating the Cpia Governance Assessments

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6526
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Stephen Knack
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Regional Economic Development, Banks & Banking Reform, National Governance, Governance Indicators, E-Business

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Better Policies from Policy-Selective Aid?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8889
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 06 Aug 2019
Kurt Annen and Stephen Knack
University of Guelph - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Global Environment, Coastal and Marine Resources, Energy and Natural Resources, International Trade and Trade Rules, Inequality, Social Protections & Assistance

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Aid, Economic Freedom, and Growth

Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 46-53, January 2009
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 26 Jan 2009
Jac C. Heckelman and Stephen Knack
Wake Forest University - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation

Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. CXII, Issue 4 (November 1997)
Posted: 24 Jun 1998
Stephen Knack and Philip Keefer
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Inter-American Development Bank

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