Is Aid Oil? An Analysis of Whether Africa Can Absorb More Aid.
This paper considers whether Africa can absorb a doubling of aid. If oil revenues provide a "natural experiment" the results are disappointing: far from being transformational, they have been markedly less successful than aid. One implication is that the delivery modalities of aid, though heavily criticized, have substantially added value: the paper discusses which modalities may have been most useful. Unfortunately, aid appears to be subject to diminishing returns, so that doubling aid throu...Expand abstract
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