Title of Presentation

What is the Relationship Between US ODA Disbursement Patterns and Corruption in Recipient Countries?

Type of Submission

Pre-recorded Research Talk

Research Field

Development Studies, Economics

Faculty Advisor

Michael Seeborg

Graduation Year

2021

Start Date

10-4-2021 8:00 AM

End Date

11-4-2021 5:00 PM

Abstract

The United States is one of the largest donors of Official Development Aid in the world. Despite its economic nature, political factors have historically played a large part in determining who gets what amount of aid. As a rational actor, the United States is looking to get benefits from their ‘investments.’ Because of this, this paper is interested in determining whether corruption in recipient countries determines US ODA patterns. In addition, this paper will attempt to determine whether political variables are the main determinants of US aid disbursement policy over time. As found by the use of a random effects estimation using panel data, corruption in recipient countries results in receiving less ODA from the United States. In addition, political factors have a large impact on aid disbursement patterns from the US.

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What is the Relationship Between US ODA Disbursement Patterns and Corruption in Recipient Countries?

The United States is one of the largest donors of Official Development Aid in the world. Despite its economic nature, political factors have historically played a large part in determining who gets what amount of aid. As a rational actor, the United States is looking to get benefits from their ‘investments.’ Because of this, this paper is interested in determining whether corruption in recipient countries determines US ODA patterns. In addition, this paper will attempt to determine whether political variables are the main determinants of US aid disbursement policy over time. As found by the use of a random effects estimation using panel data, corruption in recipient countries results in receiving less ODA from the United States. In addition, political factors have a large impact on aid disbursement patterns from the US.