Measures for Measures: Evaluating Judgments of Donor Allocative Performance

42 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2011

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Edward Anderson

University of East Anglia - School of International Development

Paul Clist

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Date Written: October 24, 2011

Abstract

This paper reviews the various measures which have been used in the recent literature to assess how well donors allocate their aid across countries. We begin by proposing three desirable criteria for a measure of allocative performance, which make limited assumptions. We then show that all existing measures of allocative performance fail to meet these criteria. We go on to propose a new measure that does meet our criteria, and present rankings of the allocative performance of the 23 OECD-DAC bilateral donors on the basis of this measure. The ranking differs quite substantially from those based on existing measures.

Keywords: Aid Allocation, Measures, Indices, Bilateral Donors, Rankings

JEL Classification: F35, D63

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Edward and Clist, Paul, Measures for Measures: Evaluating Judgments of Donor Allocative Performance (October 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1948470 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1948470

Edward Anderson (Contact Author)

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Paul Clist

University of East Anglia (UEA) ( email )

Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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