Research Summary: Aid and Growth at the Regional Level

Date Published

May 6, 2015


Tanya Sethi



Dreher, Axel and Steffen Lohmann. 2015. Aid and Growth at the Regional Level. AidData Working Paper #9. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary. 

Update: A revised version of the paper this research summary covers has been published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.


Standard country-level estimates of economic growth could obscure or miss the impacts of many aid projects experienced by a subset of regions or communities within a country. One way to examine whether the focus on country- rather than regional-level outcomes also explains the absence of robust effects of aid on growth in the empirical literature is to analyze aid effectiveness at the sub-national level. Using project-level data on World Bank aid in 130 countries during 2000-11, the study finds no evidence that this aid causes regional growth as measured by growth in nighttime light intensity.

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