Aid Effectiveness Reconsidered: Panel Data Evidence for the Education Sector

25 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2004

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Katharina Michaelowa

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

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Applying the general question of aid effectiveness to the sector of education, this paper reveals an overall positive effect of development assistance on primary enrolment. However, even the most optimistic estimates clearly show that at any realistic rate of growth, aid will never be able to move the world markedly closer towards the internationally agreed objective of education for all. Universal primary education requires increased efficiency of educational spending by donors and national governments alike. Moreover, the recipient countries' general political and institutional background matters. Under conditions of bad governance, the impact of aid on enrolment can actually turn negative.

Keywords: aid effectiveness, primary education, good governance

JEL Classification: F35, O15, I22

Suggested Citation

Michaelowa, Katharina, Aid Effectiveness Reconsidered: Panel Data Evidence for the Education Sector (2004). HWWA Discussion Paper No. 264. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=508382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.508382

Katharina Michaelowa (Contact Author)

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

Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.cis.ethz.ch/

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