Quotation Hühne, Philipp and Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth and Nunnenkamp, Peter. 2014. Who Benefits from Aid for Trade? Comparing the Effects on Recipient versus Donor Exports. The Journal of Development Studies 50 (9): S. 1275-1288.




Recent studies offer an ambiguous picture on the effectiveness of foreign aid in strengthening the export capacity of recipient countries. Moreover, the literature on aid for trade (AfT) has often neglected the fact that exporters in the donor countries may be among the main beneficiaries. We simultaneously estimate and compare the effects of AfT on trade in both directions. We find that AfT increases recipient exports to donors as well as recipient imports from donors. The first effect tends to dominate the latter, which contradicts the sceptical view that donors grant AfT primarily to promote their own export interests.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Development Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Who Benefits from Aid for Trade? Comparing the Effects on Recipient versus Donor Exports
Volume 50
Number 9
Year 2014
Page from 1275
Page to 1288
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2014.903246
JEL F35; F14


Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth (Former researcher)
Hühne, Philipp (Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany)
Nunnenkamp, Peter (Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany)
Department of Economics (Badinger) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5309 Foreign aid (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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