U.S. aid: Helping others or helping themselves?
The allocation of US foreign aid can be motivated by altruism, self-interest, or both. These motivations can be different for military assistance or economic aid and can change significantly over time. Thus, it is important to analyze US aid allocations not only in terms of the different types of aid but also within different time periods. This paper examines the determinants of the allocation of US aid commitments over the period 1992-2006. By disaggregating the aid data into economic and military aid, it is found that economic aid is influenced by both strategic and humanitarian motivations, but military aid is only directed by strategic interest. By using five-year sub-samples, I confirm previous findings that strategic interests are particularly salient since September 11th, 2001, and humanitarian motivations have somewhat diminished during the same time period.
0617: Public administration