Does Conditionality Mitigate the Potential Negative Effect of Aid on Revenues?

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Ernesto Crivelli

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Sanjeev Gupta

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

This paper assesses whether conditionality in IMF-supported programs has helped offset the potential negative effect of foreign aid on tax revenues. The analysis - carried out on panel data covering 1993-2012 for 111 low- and middle-income countries - shows that growing use of revenue conditionality by low-income countries partially offsets the depressing effect of foreign grants on tax revenue, particularly on taxes on goods and services. The impact of conditionality is strong in countries where aid dependence is high and where institutions are strong, suggesting that revenue conditionality cannot substitute for weak institutions in mitigating the negative effect of aid on tax revenue collection.

Keywords: Conditionality, Foreign aid, Tax revenues, Fund-supported adjustment programs, Panel analysis, Time series, Foreign aid; Tax revenue reform; structural conditionality

JEL Classification: C33, E62, F33, F35, H20

Suggested Citation

Crivelli, Ernesto and Gupta, Sanjeev, Does Conditionality Mitigate the Potential Negative Effect of Aid on Revenues? (July 2016). IMF Working Paper No. 16/142, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2882578

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Sanjeev Gupta

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department ( email )

700 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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