Essays on Foreign Aid and Governance

This dissertation is comprised of three distinct essays that generally examine the impact of foreign aid on political and economic governance in recipient countries. The first essay of the dissertation develops a game-theoretic model that predicts that Chinese development assistance has a negative effect on recipient country compliance with Western aid conditionality. Using project-level data from 42 Sub-Saharan African countries, I find strong empirical evidence that increased Chinese aid within a recipient country decreases the...
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