Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/232005
Authors: 
Fuchs, Andreas
Richert, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Political Economy [ISSN:] 0176-2680 [Volume:] 53 [Pages:] 186-204
Abstract: 
Over 300 government members have had the main responsibility for international development cooperation in 23 member countries of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee since the organization started reporting detailed Official Development Assistance (ODA) data in 1967. Understanding their role in foreign aid giving is crucial since their decisions can influence aid effectiveness and thus economic development on the ground. Our study examines whether development ministers' personal characteristics are associated with aid budgets and aid quality. To this end, we create a novel database on development ministers' gender, political ideology, prior professional experience in development cooperation, education, and time in office over the 1967-2012 period. Results from fixed-effects panel regressions show that some of the personal characteristics of development ministers matter. Most notably, we find that more experienced ministers with respect to their time in the development office obtain larger aid budgets. Moreover, our results suggest that female ministers as well as officeholders with prior professional experience in development cooperation and a longer time in office provide higher-quality ODA.
Subjects: 
development minister
leadership
foreign aid
Official Development Assistance
aid budget
aid quality
personal characteristics
gender
partisan politics
experience
JEL: 
D78
F35
H11
O19
Published Version’s DOI: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.de
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Accepted Manuscript (Postprint)

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