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Interactions among donorsapos; aid allocations : evidence from an exogenous World Bank income threshold (English)

This study investigates the effects of the World Bankapos;s exogenously-determined income threshold for eligibility for concessionary International Development Association (IDA) loans on the allocations of bilateral donors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7039 SEP 01, 2014

Knack, Stephen; Xu, Lixin Colin; Zou, Ben

World Bank lending and the quality of economic policy (English)

This study investigates the impact of World Bank development policy lending on the quality of economic policy. It finds that the quality of policy increases, but at a diminishing rate, with the cumulative number of policy loans. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6924 JUN 01, 2014

Smets, Lodewijk; Knack, Stephen

The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment (English)

The literature on aid and growth has not found a convincing instrumental variable to identify the causal effects of aid. This paper exploits an instrumental variable based on the fact that since 1987, eligibility for aid from the International Development Association (IDA) has been based partly on whether or not a country is below a certain threshold of per capita income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6865 MAY 01, 2014

Galiani, Sebastian; Knack, Stephen; Xu, Lixin Colin; Zou, Ben

Itapos;s only words : validating the CPIA governance assessments (English)

This study analyzes the validity of the World Bankapos;s Country Policy and Institutional Assessments governance ratings, an important factor in allocating the Bankapos;s concessionary International Development Association funds. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6526 JUN 01, 2013

Knack, Stephen

Building or bypassing recipient country systems : are donors defying the Paris declaration ? (English)

The 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness sets targets for increased use by donors of recipient country systems for managing aid. It also calls for donors to be more responsive to the quality of recipient country systems: the optimal level of their use, in terms of maximizing the development effectiveness of aid, is believed to vary with their quality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6423 APR 01, 2013

Knack, Stephen

MDGs that nudge : the Millennium Development Goals, popular mobilization, and the post-2015 development framework (English)

The Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015, were a global agreement to promote human development and reduce poverty. But they did not create a legalized institutional regime, in which precise obligations would be delegated to specific actors, nor were they, in many respects, compatible with the incentives of the countries whose heads of state endorsed them. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6282 NOV 01, 2012

Gauri, Varun

Political ideology, quality at entry and the success of economic reform programs (English)

This study investigates how government ideology matters for the success of World Bank economic policy loans, which typically support market-liberalizing reforms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6130 JUL 01, 2012

Smets, Lodewijk; Knack, Stephen; Molenaers, Nadia

When do donors trust recipient country systems ? (English)

The 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness sets targets for increased use by donors of recipient country systems for managing aid. The target is premised on a view that country systems are strengthened when donors trust recipients to manage aid funds, but undermined when donors manage aid through their own separate parallel systems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6019 APR 01, 2012

Knack, Stephen

Aid tying and donor fragmentation (English)

This study tests two opposing hypotheses about the impact of aid fragmentation on the practice of aid tying. In one, when a small number of donors dominate the aid market in a country, they may exploit their monopoly power by tying more aid to purchases from contractors based in their own countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5934 JAN 01, 2012

Knack, Stephen; Smets, Lodewijk

Aid quality and donor rankings (English)

This paper offers new measures of aid quality covering 38 bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as new insights about the robustness and usefulness of such measures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5290 MAY 01, 2010

Knack, Stephen; Rogers, F. Halsey; Eubank, Nicholas

International aid and financial crises in donor countries (English)

The global financial crisis has already led to sharp downturns in the developing world. In the past, international aid has been able to offset partially the effects of crises that began in the developing world, but because this crisis began in the wealthy countries, donors may be less willing or able to increase aid in this crisis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5162 DEC 01, 2009

Dang, Hai-Anh; Knack, Steve; Rogers, Halsey

Aid and trust in country systems (English)

The 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness sets targets for increased use by donors of recipient country systems for managing aid. A consensus view holds that country systems are strengthened when donors trust recipients to manage aid funds, but undermined when donors manage aid through their own separate parallel systems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5005 JUL 01, 2009

Knack, Stephen; Eubank, Nicholas

Sovereign rents and the quality of tax policy and administration (English)

The availability of windfall revenues from natural resource exports or foreign aid potentially weakens governmentsapos; incentives to design efficient tax systems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4773 NOV 01, 2008

Knack, Stephen

Individual and country-level factors affecting support for foreign aid (English)

In recent years donor countries have committed to dramatic increases in the supply of foreign aid to developing countries. Meeting and sustaining such commitments will require sufficient support among donor country voters and taxpayers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4714 SEP 01, 2008

Paxton, Pamela; Knack, Stephen

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Interactions among donorsapos; aid allocations : evidence from an exogenous World Bank income threshold (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7039 Policy Research Working Paper
World Bank lending and the quality of economic policy (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6924 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6865 Policy Research Working Paper
Itapos;s only words : validating the CPIA governance assessments (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6526 Policy Research Working Paper
Building or bypassing recipient country systems : are donors defying the Paris declaration ? (English)
See More +
APR 01, 2013 WPS6423 Policy Research Working Paper
MDGs that nudge : the Millennium Development Goals, popular mobilization, and the post-2015 development framework (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6282 Policy Research Working Paper
Political ideology, quality at entry and the success of economic reform programs (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 WPS6130 Policy Research Working Paper
When do donors trust recipient country systems ? (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6019 Policy Research Working Paper
Aid tying and donor fragmentation (English)
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JAN 01, 2012 WPS5934 Policy Research Working Paper
Aid quality and donor rankings (English)
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MAY 01, 2010 WPS5290 Policy Research Working Paper
International aid and financial crises in donor countries (English)
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DEC 01, 2009 WPS5162 Policy Research Working Paper
Aid and trust in country systems (English)
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JUL 01, 2009 WPS5005 Policy Research Working Paper
Sovereign rents and the quality of tax policy and administration (English)
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NOV 01, 2008 WPS4773 Policy Research Working Paper
Individual and country-level factors affecting support for foreign aid (English)
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SEP 01, 2008 WPS4714 Policy Research Working Paper