Does US Aid Buy UN General Assembly Votes? A Disaggregated Analysis

KOF Working Paper No. 138

28 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2006

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Axel Dreher

Heidelberg University

Peter Nunnenkamp

University of Kiel

Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

Using panel data for 143 countries over the period 1973-2002, this paper empirically analyzes the influence of US aid on voting patterns in the UN General Assembly. We use disaggregated aid data to account for the fact that various forms of aid may differ in their ability to induce political support by recipients. We obtain strong evidence that US aid buys voting compliance in the Assembly. More specifically, our results suggest that general budget support and untied grants are the major aid categories by which recipients have been induced to vote in line with the United States. When replicating the analysis for other G7 donors, no comparable patterns emerge.

Keywords: Bilateral Aid, UN General Assembly, Voting

JEL Classification: F33

Suggested Citation

Dreher, Axel and Nunnenkamp, Peter and Thiele, Rainer, Does US Aid Buy UN General Assembly Votes? A Disaggregated Analysis (June 2006). KOF Working Paper No. 138. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910900 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.910900

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Peter Nunnenkamp

University of Kiel ( email )

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Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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