The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Aid: American Legislators and the Domestic Politics of Aid

  title={The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Aid: American Legislators and the Domestic Politics of Aid},
  author={Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley},
  journal={ERN: Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking},
  • H. Milner, D. Tingley
  • Published 28 January 2009
  • Economics
  • ERN: Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking
Are there systematic political economy factors that shape preferences for foreign aid, a key component of American foreign policy? We analyze votes in the House of Representatives from 1979 to 2003 that would increase or decrease foreign aid by considering the political, economic, and ideological characteristics of legislators and their districts. To understand who supports and opposes foreign aid, we utilize theories of foreign economic policy preferences. By examining different types of aid… 
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