Aid and the Dutch Disease in Low-Income Countries : Informed Diagnoses for Prudent Prognoses

Author/Editor:

Mwanza Nkusu

Publication Date:

March 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper demonstrates that the Dutch disease need not materialize in low-income countries that can draw on their idle productive capacity to satisfy the aid-induced increased demand. Diagnoses on, and prognoses for, the Dutch disease should take into account country-specific circumstances to avoid ill-advised policies. The paper emphasizes that using public resources inefficiently can be more painful than real exchange rate appreciations, which may not necessarily embody the Dutch disease.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846874/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0492004

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

19

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