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Dynamic Aid Allocation

Patrick Carter (), Fabien Postel-Vinay () and Jonathan Temple

No 9596, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper introduces a framework for studying the optimal dynamic allocation of foreign aid among multiple recipients. We pose the problem as one of weighted global welfare maximization. A donor in the North chooses an optimal path for international transfers, anticipating that consumption and investment decisions will be made by optimizing households in the South, and accounting for limits in the extent to which recipients can effectively absorb aid. We present quantitative results on optimal aid policy by applying our approach to a neoclassical growth model, where the scope for aid-funded growth is determined by the recipients' distance from steady-state.

Keywords: Aid Allocation; Economic Growth; Foreign Aid (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F35 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-08
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