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Do We Know What We Think We Know? Aid Fragmentation and Effectiveness Revisited

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Discussion Paper No. 185

39 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2015  

Kai Gehring

University of Zurich - Chair of Political Economy; University of Heidelberg

Katharina Michaelowa

University of Zurich - Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)

Axel Dreher

University of Heidelberg

Franziska Spoerri

University of Zurich

Date Written: September 19, 2015

Abstract

Aid fragmentation is widely recognized as being detrimental to development outcomes. We re-investigate the impact of fragmentation on aid effectiveness in the context of growth, bureaucratic policy, and education, focusing on a number of conceptually different indicators of fragmentation, and paying attention to potentially heterogeneous effects across countries. Our results demonstrate the lack of robustness and any systematic pattern. This stresses the importance of questioning the sweeping conclusions drawn by much of the previous literature.

Keywords: aid effectiveness, fragmentation

JEL Classification: F35, O11

Suggested Citation

Gehring, Kai and Michaelowa, Katharina and Dreher, Axel and Spoerri, Franziska, Do We Know What We Think We Know? Aid Fragmentation and Effectiveness Revisited (September 19, 2015). Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Discussion Paper No. 185. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2662836 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2662836

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Katharina Michaelowa

University of Zurich - Centre for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) ( email )

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Axel Dreher

University of Heidelberg ( email )

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Franziska Spoerri

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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