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U.S. food aid and American exports to recipient countries during the Cold War

Jan Falkowski

Agricultural Economics, 2018, vol. 49, issue 5, 659-668

Abstract: In this article, we test to what extent the food aid granted by the U.S. during the Cold War was strategically motivated and used to promote U.S. interests. Using the data for the period 1971–1990, we investigate whether U.S. wheat aid had an effect on recipient countries’ total import of American products. The evidence we provide suggests a positive and robust relationship and thus it is consistent with the argument that U.S. food aid helped to create larger markets for U.S. producers.

Date: 2018
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