New Data, New Doubts: A Comment on Burnside and Dollar's "Aid, Policies, and Growth" (2000)

20 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2003 Last revised: 24 Sep 2009

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William Easterly

New York University - Department of Economics

Ross Levine

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

David Roodman

Center for Global Development

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Date Written: July 2003

Abstract

The Burnside and Dollar (2000, AER) finding that aid raises growth in a good policy environment has had an important influence on policy and academic debates. We conduct a data gathering exercise that updates their data from 1970 -93 to 1970 -97, as well as filling in missing data for the original period 1970 -93. We find that the Burnside and Dollar (2002, AER) finding is not robust to the use of this additional data.

Suggested Citation

Easterly, William and Levine, Ross Eric and Roodman, David, New Data, New Doubts: A Comment on Burnside and Dollar's "Aid, Policies, and Growth" (2000) (July 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9846. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=425582

William Easterly

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Ross Eric Levine (Contact Author)

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David Roodman

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