Lessons on Foreign Aid and Economic Development

Micro and Macro Perspectives

  • Nabamita Dutta
  • Claudia R. Williamson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nabamita Dutta, Claudia R. Williamson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Foreign Aid and Macro and Micro Development Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Christian Bjørnskov
      Pages 33-61
  4. The Political Economy of Donor Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Christopher Kilby, Katharina Michaelowa
      Pages 109-150
    3. Nabamita Dutta, Claudia R. Williamson
      Pages 151-166
  5. Foreign Aid’s Effect on Institutional Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Andrew T. Young, Estefania Lujan Padilla
      Pages 169-186
    3. Faisal Z. Ahmed
      Pages 187-205
    4. Nabamita Dutta, Michael A. Fakutiju, Claudia R. Williamson
      Pages 207-222
  6. The Political Economy of Privately Provided Aid

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Olga Nicoara, Scott A. Burns
      Pages 245-273
    3. Stefanie Haeffele, Anne Lynn Hobson
      Pages 275-293
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-297

About this book


A response to the pressing need to address and clarify the substantial ambiguity within current literature, this edited volume aims to deepen readers’ understanding of the impact of foreign aid on development outcomes based on the latest findings in research over the past decade. Foreign aid has long been seen as one of two extremes: either beneficial or damaging, a blessing or a curse. Consequently, many readers perceive aid’s effectiveness based on the work of scholars who are assessing the impact of aid from one of two antithetical perspectives. This book takes a different approach, shedding light on recent research that can deepen our understanding of the complex relationship between aid and its aftereffects. Drawing from an extensive set of studies that have explored micro and macro impacts of foreign aid for recipient nations, chapter authors highlight more layered and nuanced findings, with a focus on donor characteristics, political motives, and an evaluation of aid projects and their effectiveness, including the differential impact based on type of aid. This volume is the first of its kind to unpack aid as a complex rather than a unitary concept and explore the wide areas of grey that have long enshrouded foreign aid.


foreign aid flows economic development developing countries bilateral economic assistance bilateral donor nations taxation state capacity hypothesis aid agencies aid strategies donor motivation Independent Evaluation Group World Bank health aid political economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Nabamita Dutta
    • 1
  • Claudia R. Williamson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseUSA
  2. 2.Mississippi State UniversityMississippiUSA

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