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Aid, Education and Development
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of four essays in development and political economics.

Aid Effectiveness: New Instrument, New Results?

Despite a voluminous literature, the question of whether aid leads to growth is still controversial. To observe the effect of aid, researchers have used instrumental variables that must be exogenous to growth and explain well aid flows. We propose a new instrument based on aid quantities as predicted by the priority that different recipients are given by the donors. We find a positive and significant, though relatively small, effect of aid.

Hidden Redistribution in Higher Education

This paper advances and tests the hypothesis that overspending in higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa  reflects patterns of redistribution towards the elites close to the political leaders, when this level of education is accessible exclusively or mostly to such groups. I find support for this hypothesis, but the bulk of the Sub-Saharan Africa spending anomaly remains to be explained.

The Impact of a Food For Education Program on Schooling in Cambodia

Food for education (FFE) programs, which consist of meals served in school and in some cases take-home rations, are considered a powerful tool to improve education and health outcomes for children in the developing world.  In this paper, we evaluate the Cambodia FFE and find that it increased enrollment rates, school attendance and achieved education. We also investigate who benefited the most, and how cost-effective such a program is compared to other types of interventions.

Heterogeneity in the Growth Elasticity of Poverty

Increasing per capita incomes are generally associated with decreasing poverty rates. After the UN Millennium Declaration, a big research effort has focused on the responsiveness of poverty to growth using the concept of growth elasticity of poverty: the percentage change in poverty associated with a 1 percent growth in per capita income. This paper investigates, with help of new data, the heterogeneity around a well known average relationship. The main focus is on the effect of constitutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Economics, Stockholm University , 2010. , 216 p.
Monograph series / Institute for International Economic Studies, University of Stockholm, ISSN 0346-6892 ; 70
Keyword [en]
aid, education, growth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43945ISBN: 978-91-7447-166-3OAI: diva2:360029
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2010-12-03, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2010-11-11 Created: 2010-11-01 Last updated: 2014-08-25Bibliographically approved

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