Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Effectiveness of Foreign Aid B19-V3
This paper analyzes the effectiveness of debt relief and foreign aid in a neoclassical growth framework with a conflict of interest between the donor and the recipient government. Conditionality is modeled as a dynamic contract that is enforceable only by the threat of aid sanctions. Quantitative results show that debt relief and unconditional foreign aid have no long-run effects since the recipient government accumulates new loans. In contrast, debt relief in combination with conditional foreign aid is effective in promoting growth and reducing poverty. However, debt relief may be counter-productive since they make the punishment threat less severe such that self-enforcing aid contracts are characterized by weak conditionality.