Financing for Development: Two Years after Addis

Strategic Aid Financing

Donor countries often face a Samaritan’s dilemma when trying to implement political conditionality in bilateral aid. Giving through multinational organizations can mitigate this problem: Recipient nations are de-facto competing for funds, which restores their incentives to comply even with non-enforceable conditions. Donor nations might therefore...
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Leniency, Asymmetric Punishment and Corruption: Evidence from China

Authors: Maria Perrotta Berlin and Giancarlo Spagnolo, SITE. Since coming into office two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has carried out a sweeping, highly publicized anticorruption campaign. Skeptics are debating whether the campaign is biased towards Mr. Xi’s rivals, and even possibly related to...
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SITE Academic Conference “Fighting Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries”

The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Association of Swedish Development Economists (ASWEDE) has the pleasure to invite you to the SITE Academic conference “Fighting Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries”. SITE and the aswede network will host a two-day academic conference from August 31 until...
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Evaluating the Political Man on Horseback – Coups and Economic Development

Author: Erik Meyersson, SITE. In a new paper (Meyersson, 2015) I examine the development effects of military coups. Coups overthrowing democratically elected leaders imply a very different kind of event than those overthrowing autocratic leaders, and these differences relate to the implementation of authoritarian institutions...
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Did the Fertilizer Cartel Cause the Food Crisis?

Authors: Hinnerk Gnutzmann, Catholic University of Milan, and Piotr Spiewanowski, Polish Academy of Sciences. Food prices escalated during the 2007/2008-food crisis and have remained at historically high levels since. We show that an international export cartel for fertilizers was an important driver of the crisis,...
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