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Bringing home the bacon: DOES THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AFFECT FOREIGN AID ALLOCATION FROM THE UN?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates how the UN Secretary-Generals geographical background affects aid disbursements from the UN funds and programmes using panel data for 148 states covering the years 1960 – 2010. From sociobiological theory and group identification comes the idea that an individual in general favour his own kin or group. My results indicate that no such home bias exists regarding the Secretary-Generals geographical heritage, with close to zero effects. The results are similar both when explaining this using; continent; an ordinal scale variable based on distance to country of birth; and regions defined by to the World Bank. This means that other factors are stronger determinants of aid allocation. It is possible that the decision-making structure in the UN counteracts the potential home bias that the Secretary-General may have. The hypothesis is tested using a time and entity fixed effects model, with regional trends as well as different controls. The results are verified by several robustness checks concerning sample, treatment of zeros and trends. The allocation of aid is depending on multiple factors, though, home bias of the UN Secretary-General might not be one of them.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
UN, Aid allocation, Secretary-General, origin, home bias, sociobiological theory
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297027DiVA: diva2:940503
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Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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