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한국개발연구. Vol. 29, No. 2, December 2007, pp. 41-74

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An Evaluation of Korea's 20-Year ODA

Kye Woo Lee; Gi Hoon Park

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This paper aims to assess the effectiveness of Korea's official development assistance (ODA) in terms of improvement in per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of aid recipients, and promotion of Korea's exports and outward foreign direct investments (FDI) to ODA recipients. The assessment has also been done for different groups of aid recipient countries divided by their regional location, income level, and economic freedom. For this purpose, this paper empirically tests the effectiveness of bilateral grants and loans for 163 aid recipient countries during the period of 1990 to 2003. Results show that ODA from Korea had not been able to explain the variations in aid recipient countries' growth in per capita GDP. Provision of aid promoted outward FDI to aid recipient countries during the entire period considered. With respect to exports, provision of aid had facilitated Korea's exports to aid recipient countries, except for the period of 2000~2003. On the basis of the findings, recommendations for future aid policy have been made.


공적개발원조(ODA), 대외경제협력기금(EDCF), 국제협력단(KOICA), 원조의 효과(aid effectiveness)

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I18, H51, I11

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