A modeling framework for enhancing aid effectiveness

Justin Yifu LIN, Khuong VU, Kris HARTLEY

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The development literature lacks consensus about the link between aid effectiveness and governance improvement. A basic rational actor model is introduced to clarify how donors can influence recipient behaviors and more broadly how foreign aid can support or impede governance quality improvement. Adopting the underutilized perspective of donor behavior, this study identifies mechanisms through which aid hinders governance improvement and offers substantive recommendations about how donors can enhance aid effectiveness, including strategies for donors to raise the level of effort recipients devote to project success. Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-160
JournalJournal of Economic Policy Reform
Issue number2
Early online dateJan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


Lin, J. Y., Vu, K., & Hartley, K. (2020). A modeling framework for enhancing aid effectiveness. Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 23(2), 138-160. doi: 10.1080/17487870.2018.1551137


  • Foreign aid
  • Official development assistance
  • Corruption


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