Journal Special Issue
Aid Impact and Effectiveness

The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of a considerable literature, including attention to the aggregate impact of aid on growth across countries (Arndt, Jones, & Tarp, 2010, 2015, 2016; Burnside & Dollar, 2000; Easterly, 2003; Hansen & Tarp, 2001; Jones & Tarp, 2016; Juselius, Møller, & Tarp, 2014; Rajan & Subramanian, 2008).

In this thematic issue, we build upon this literature, paying special attention to the ways in which aid affects development outcomes, including—but not limited to—growth. We pay special attention to work that speaks to aid impact and effectiveness in fragile states and situations, where development outcomes have been the poorest and domestic capacity weakest. 

Table of contents
  1. Aid Impact and Effectiveness: Introduction and Overview
    Rachel M. Gisselquist, Finn Tarp
  2. A Meta-Analysis of Aid Effectiveness: Revisiting the Evidence
    Tseday Jemaneh Mekasha, Finn Tarp
    Working Paper
    | A meta-analysis of aid effectiveness
  3. Effects of Foreign Aid on Income through International Trade
    Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso
    Working Paper
    | Effects of foreign aid on income through international trade
  4. The Impact of Foreign Aid on Maternal Mortality
    Emmanuel Banchani, Liam Swiss
    Working Paper
    | The impact of foreign aid on maternal mortality
  5. Foreign Aid and Climate Change Policy: What Can(’t) the Data Tell Us?
    Daniel Y. Kono, Gabriella R. Montinola
    Working Paper
    | Foreign aid and climate change policy
  6. Aid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness
    Yiagadeesen Samy, David Carment
    Working Paper
    | Aid targeting to fragile and conflict-affected states and implications for aid effectiveness
  7. Bypassing Government: Aid Effectiveness and Malawi’s Local Development Fund
    Michael Chasukwa, Dan Banik
    Working Paper
    | Institutional bypass and aid effectiveness in Africa
  8. Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?: The Division of Financing in World Bank Projects and Project Performance
    Matthew S. Winters
    Working Paper
    | Too many cooks in the kitchen?
  9. Do Countries Use Foreign Aid to Buy Geopolitical Influence?: Evidence from Donor Campaigns for Temporary UN Security Council Seats
    Bernhard Reinsberg
    Working Paper
    | Do countries use foreign aid to buy geopolitical influence?
  10. What Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance?
    Niheer Dasandi, Edward Laws, Heather Marquette, Mark Robinson
    Working Paper
    | What does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance?
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