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Nilsson, Johanna, 2018. European aid for trade: need, merit or self-interest? : a dynamic panel data analysis onwhat motivates the European donors. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



Aid for Trade has been recognized as a tool to integrate developing countries into the world economy, induce economic growth and lift its people out of poverty. EU and its member states are the biggest donors of Aid for Trade in the world, and one of its biggest advocates, but neither Aid for Trade nor the allocation of the European donors, have been subject for much earlier research. What has been heavily investigated is development aid, where studies have found that aid is allocated according to the needs and merit of the re-cipient countries, but that the self-interest of the donor tend to outweigh the other motives. This might undermine the effectiveness of aid since it has been suggested that aid is more efficiently and effective if given to poor countries with good policies.
This thesis address the gap in research about Aid for Trade, and examine if need, merit or self-interest motivates the European donors. A panel data set is constructed using 142 de-veloping countries and is analysed using OLS regression and fixed effects model. My re-sults indicate that the European donors allocate their Aid for Trade according to individual preferences. Most of the European donors do not seem to be motivated by the need of the recipient but rather by self-interest, such as colonial past. The European donors also seem to be motivated differently by the merits of the recipients.

Main title:European aid for trade: need, merit or self-interest?
Subtitle:a dynamic panel data analysis onwhat motivates the European donors
Authors:Nilsson, Johanna
Supervisor:Rommel, Jens
Examiner:Hart, Robert
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1161
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:aid for trade, trade, development aid, poverty, need, merit, self-interest
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Trade, marketing and distribution
Economics and management
Deposited On:28 Sep 2018 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:25 Feb 2019 13:23

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