The effects of the president’s emergency plan for AIDS relief on the economies and domestic politics of focus countries

Youngwan Kim, Taehee Whang

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Abstract

President G.W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been rated as one of the successful US aid interventions of recent decades. We investigate the impact of PEPFAR on economic development, democracy, and human rights by comparing focus countries that received PEPFAR with other countries that did not receive PEPFAR from 2003 to 2008. Moreover, we examine specific changes made within focus countries after the implementation of PEPFAR using Difference-in-Difference estimation. Our results show that PEPFAR did improve economic conditions in focus countries but had a limited impact on political conditions, that is, on democracy and human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-463
Number of pages23
JournalGlobal Economic Review
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2016S1A3A2925085 and NRF-2015S1A3A2046224]. Y. Kim also thanks for the support from Hankuk University of Foregin Studies Research Fund.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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