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"Imperfect Enforcement, Foreign Investment and Foreign Aid"

Elizabeth Asiedu and Anne P. Villamil

 

First Author :

Elizabeth Asiedu
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

asiedu@ku.edu

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Second Author :

Anne P. Villamil
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

avillami@uiuc.edu

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Abstract :
 
The lack of a supra-national legal authority that can enforce private contracts across borders makes debt repayment in an international setting contingent on borrowers’ willingness to pay rather than ability to pay. This market failure (i.e., inadequate enforcement) causes investment to fall short of its unconstrained level. This paper examines how foreign aid affects a country’s willingness to honor private investment agreements. We consider two types of aid, technical assistance and loan subsidies. We show that when enforcement is inadequate, aid has the following effects: (i) it reduces default risk, promotes capital flows and can in principle restore investment to its unconstrained level, (ii) when default risk is high, aid can increase the welfare of both the recipient and the donor country. Thus, in this sense, foreign aid serves as an enforcement mechanism in an international setting. This provides a non-altruism-based rationale for foreign aid and may provide a basis for the existence of multilateral organizations that offer such services.
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2000
Manuscript Published : 2000
 
 
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