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Foreign Aid and Government Legitimacy

  • Simone Dietrich (a1) and Matthew S. Winters (a2)

Abstract

Branding of foreign aid may undermine government legitimacy in developing countries when citizens see social services being provided by external actors. We run a survey experiment on a sample of Indian respondents. All subjects learn about an HIV/AIDS program; treated subjects learn that it was foreign-funded. We find null results that, along with existing results in the literature obtained from observational data, call into question the view that foreign-funded service delivery interferes with the development of a fiscal contract between the state and its citizens.

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Foreign Aid and Government Legitimacy

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