Aid as individual transfers : what are the long-term outcomes?
Parsons III, Huber R.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This quantitative study analyzes longitudinal data from the Kagera Health and Development Survey in Tanzania during 1992, 1994, and 2004 for the purpose of evaluating the short-term and long-term effects of outside assistance, in the form of individual transfers, on individual health and educational outcomes. The author conducts ordinary least squares multivariate regressions for weight-for-age and height-for-age and probit multivariate regressions for health, literacy, primary educational attainment, and secondary educational attainment. The techniques of lagging assistance, controlling for exogenous variables, and using change variables mitigate the sources of bias in order to isolate the particular relationships of interest. This study finds some evidence that, in general, outside assistance does result in better health and educational outcomes in the short- and long-term. It also finds that different organizations achieve varying degrees of success. Finally, the results are practically applied to make the case for continued investment in developing countries through individual transfers at the household level.
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