Aid Volatility and Structural Economic Transformation in sub-Saharan Africa: Does Finance Matter?

This paper departs from the traditional aid–economic growth studies through its examination of the impact of aid and its volatility on sectoral growth by relying on panel dataset of 37 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries for the period 1980–2014. Findings from our system generalised methods of moments (GMM) show that, while foreign aid significantly drives economic transformation, aid volatility deteriorates sectoral value additions with huge impact on the non–tradable sector and a no apparent effect on the agricultural sector.

Debt Relief under the HIPC Initiative: Why Some Countries Complete the Programme Faster Than Others

The Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative has been one of the primary avenues for delivering debt relief to developing countries in the past decade. However, the performance of countries in the HIPC programme has been vastly heterogeneous with some countries reaching completion point much faster than others. This paper uses Cox-Proportional hazard models to explain the wide disparity in completion times by examining how the economic, social and governance environments within a country affect the speed of completion.

Institutional Quality and Debt Relief: A Political Economy Approach

Recent shifts in the global debt relief architecture has meant that countries with superior institutions are often rewarded with increasinf aid and debt relied, an incentive for debtor countries to strategically improve their institutions prior to seeking debt relief. This paper contributes to the literature by developing and empirically testing a political economy model of the possible impact of this shift on the motivations of politicians and bureaucrats in debtor countries.

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