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Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion

Goldsmith, Benjamin; Horiuchi, Yusaku; Wood, Terence


Does foreign aid extended by one country improve that country's image among populations of recipient countries? Using a multinational survey, we show that a United States aid program targeted to address HIV and AIDS substantially improves perceptions of the U.S. Our identification strategy for causal inference is to use instrumental variables measuring the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS problem in aid recipient countries. Our finding implies that in addition to its potential humanitarian benefits,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Quarterly Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1561/100.00013036


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