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Health Aid, Health Results? The impact of targeted foreign aid and institutional quality on infant mortality

Helgason, Marie LU (2016) NEKN01 20161
Department of Economics
Abstract
Most previous research on foreign aid has examined the links between aid and economic growth, with tenuous results. I endeavour to estimate the impact of health aid on the health level in the recipient country, proxied by the change in the infant mortality rate, as well as examine what other country-specific factors that affect the efficiency of health aid. My results are in line with my hypothesis: that health aid is statistically significantly and robustly correlated with the health level in the recipient country. This is especially true for countries that have a strong foundation of high institutional quality, which in this context can lead to a conundrum: less developed countries will generally have a greater need for aid, while... (More)
Most previous research on foreign aid has examined the links between aid and economic growth, with tenuous results. I endeavour to estimate the impact of health aid on the health level in the recipient country, proxied by the change in the infant mortality rate, as well as examine what other country-specific factors that affect the efficiency of health aid. My results are in line with my hypothesis: that health aid is statistically significantly and robustly correlated with the health level in the recipient country. This is especially true for countries that have a strong foundation of high institutional quality, which in this context can lead to a conundrum: less developed countries will generally have a greater need for aid, while simultaneously lacking the institutional environment that optimizes the impact of such aid. (Less)
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author
Helgason, Marie LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKN01 20161
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Health, infant mortality, health aid, foreign aid, institutional quality
language
English
id
8891306
date added to LUP
2016-09-09 14:05:04
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2016-09-09 14:05:04
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  abstract     = {Most previous research on foreign aid has examined the links between aid and economic growth, with tenuous results. I endeavour to estimate the impact of health aid on the health level in the recipient country, proxied by the change in the infant mortality rate, as well as examine what other country-specific factors that affect the efficiency of health aid. My results are in line with my hypothesis: that health aid is statistically significantly and robustly correlated with the health level in the recipient country. This is especially true for countries that have a strong foundation of high institutional quality, which in this context can lead to a conundrum: less developed countries will generally have a greater need for aid, while simultaneously lacking the institutional environment that optimizes the impact of such aid.},
  author       = {Helgason, Marie},
  keyword      = {Health,infant mortality,health aid,foreign aid,institutional quality},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Health Aid, Health Results? The impact of targeted foreign aid and institutional quality on infant mortality},
  year         = {2016},
}