A Meta-Analysis of Aid Effectiveness: Revisiting the Evidence

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A Meta-Analysis of Aid Effectiveness: Revisiting the Evidence


  • Tseday Jemaneh Mekasha Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Finn Tarp Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


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Abstract:  As research on the empirical link between aid and growth continues to grow, it is time to revisit the accumulated evidence on aid effectiveness. This paper extends previous meta-analyses, noting that the availability of more data enables us to conduct a sub-group analysis by disaggregating the sample into different time horizons and assess if there are temporal shifts in aid effectiveness. The new and updated results show that the earlier reported positive evidence of aid’s impact is robust to the inclusion of more recent studies and this holds for different time horizons as well. The authenticity of the observed effect is also confirmed by results from funnel plots, regression-based tests, and a cumulative meta-analysis for publication bias.

Keywords:  aid; growth; publication bias; meta-analysis

Published:   5 June 2019


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v7i2.1771


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