Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Political Science, PhD


School of Social Science, Politics, and Evaluation

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Melissa Rogers

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Sallama Shaker

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Yi Feng

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Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Rights Information

© 2023 Lauren C Shaffer


Aid, Development aid, Human development, Poverty, Recipient countries

Subject Categories

Economics | International Relations | Political Science


This dissertation examines the relationship between development aid and human development in recipient countries. The primary function of this research is to determine which types of aid are most effective in improving human development. To accomplish this goal, I use a fixed effects regression analysis to examine the following aid types in individual chapters of the dissertation: Total Aid, Donor-specific aid, Sectoral Aid, Conditional Aid, and aid flowing from Multilateral, Bilateral, and Private sources. This analysis produced mixed results, indicating that some types of aid have a positive and significant impact on human development, some have a negative and significant impact, and some have no impact. However, even when there is a statistically significant relationship between the two variables, the impact is so small that it is not substantively significant.