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Can Poor Countries Lobby for More US Bilateral Aid?

Montes-Rojas, G. (2013). Can Poor Countries Lobby for More US Bilateral Aid?. World Development, 44, pp. 77-87. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.12.006


This article explores if countries can lobby the US government for the allocation of US bilateral foreign aid. We consider an informational lobby model where lobbying has two effects. First, a direct effect by informing US policymakers about their countries' needs. Second, an indirect effect on policymakers by informing them about common interests in economic or geopolitical terms. The lobbyist thus influences the decisions about the allocation of aid resources. We estimate the effect of the recipient country's lobbying agents in obtaining foreign aid. The econometric results show that lobbying positively affects the amount of bilateral aid received.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: foreign aid; lobbying; interest groups
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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