Consequences of aid volatility for macroeconomic management and aid effectiveness

John Hudson

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We conclude that individual aid sector volatility matters as well as total aid volatility. Easily, the most important contributor to total volatility is debt aid. The most volatile aid sectors per se include debt, industry, and humanitarian, and the least include education and health. In several sectors volatility appears to have peaked around 2006. Within individual countries, sector volatility is often corrected for in the following period, there are also sometimes knock-on effects on other sectors. Finally we examine the impact of sector aid, and aid volatility, on school completion rates, death rates, Internet usage, and mobile phone subscriptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-74
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
Early online date23 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • CRS data base
  • aid volatility
  • sector aid,
  • school completion rates
  • Internet users


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