Public Opinion and Foreign Aid Cuts in Economic Crises

Tobias Heinrich, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, Kristin A. Bryant

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Abstract

Economic crises generally lead to reductions in foreign aid. However, the widely held view that budgetary constraints caused by economic crises reduce aid is inaccurate because donor government outlays actually tend to increase. We develop an argument that aid cuts occur because voters place a lower priority on aid during economic downturns and politicians respond by cutting aid. Using data from Eurobarometer, we demonstrate that economic downturns lead to reduced public support for helping the poor abroad. These findings are robust across a large number of alternative specifications. Our findings have implications for how advocates may prevent aid reductions during economic recessions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-79
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Development
Volume77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Economic crises
  • EU
  • Foreign aid
  • Public opinion

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  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Public Opinion and Foreign Aid Cuts in Economic Crises. / Heinrich, Tobias; Kobayashi, Yoshiharu; Bryant, Kristin A.

In: World Development, Vol. 77, 01.01.2016, p. 66-79.

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Heinrich, Tobias ; Kobayashi, Yoshiharu ; Bryant, Kristin A. / Public Opinion and Foreign Aid Cuts in Economic Crises. In: World Development. 2016 ; Vol. 77. pp. 66-79.
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