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The Spending and Absorption of Aid in PRGF Supported Programs

Author/Editor: Berndt, Markus | Dudine, Paolo | Martijn, Jan Kees | Shonchoy, Abu
Authorized for Distribution: October 1, 2008
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Summary: This paper studies the spending and absorption of aid in PRGF-supported programs, verifies whether the use aid is programmed to be smoothed over time, and analyzes how considerations about macroeconomic stability influence the programmed use of aid. It finds that PRGF-supported programs allow countries to use most or almost all increases in aid within a few years. The paper finds some evidence that the programmed absorption of aid is higher in countries where reserve coverage is above a certain threshold, whereas programmed spending does not seem to depend on inflation. Finally, it shows that the presence of a PRGFsupported program does not constrain the actual spending and absorption of aid.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 08/237
Subject(s): Absorptive capacity | Development assistance | Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility | Financial stability | Inflation | Developing countries | Economic models
Author's keyword(s): Aid | spending and absorption | PRGF
 
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    Published:   October 1, 2008        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2008237   Pages:   44
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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