Sample Economics Paper on Case for Aid

Jeffrey Sachs and the ‘Case for Aid’

  1. How Sachs see the case for aid in general

Jeffery Sachs’s ideology on aid is based on the country’s economic gain and advancement. Jeffrey considers aid to be an effective tool in helping people in need. Although he believes that aid is particularly important for those in need, he contends that aid is not the main driver of a country’s economic development (Sachs, Walt, Cook, & Walt, 2018).

  1. Types of interventions Sachs consider successful

Sach considers interventions such as collaboration with experts in aid delivery in order to reflect on high-quality systems delivery. The interventions prove to positively affect both parties and also chip in to care for those receiving the aid.


Deaton’s View on Aid

  1. Reasons why aid is not effective

According to Deaton, instead of alleviating suffering, it worsens the situation. His ideology of giving aid to poor countries with poor governance implies that governments seek to benefit without considering their citizens’ interests. Deaton intimidates poor countries on their level of management stating that aid is not given to countries out of the need to prevent poverty but the need to benefit countries’ leaders for political purposes (Nobel winner Angus Deaton is very critical of foreign aid, 2018).

  1. Areas where aid can be effective

Deaton considers aid to be effective only in health and government-to-government cash transfer. He cites that internationals efforts to eliminate chronic diseases makes health aid effective. Though the aid makes it sometimes hard for unfortunate countries to develop medicine.

  1. Effects of aid dependency in local institutions

In local institutions, the effect of aid depends on whether the institutions are able to chip in and supplement taxes. This brings out a chain of dependency that if the institution is not helpful then it does not qualify fit for aid.

  1. Deaton’s concern with randomized local institutions

Deaton’s randomized controlled trials indicate that a case of aid being successful in one part of the world does not necessarily mean it can be productive in another. That is why a case of malaria prevention scheme cannot purely work as intended in Zambia.


Esther Duflo’s argument on Social Experiments

  1. Advantages of social experiments

Esther Duflo regards social experiments as a value measure to determine the benefits of aid to a community. Social experiments should help people understand the reason why they are receiving the aid. The experiments also provide options and policies to locals on how to receive aid. She also considers the process of eradicating poverty as slow.




Nobel winner Angus Deaton is very critical of foreign aid. The reality’s more complicated. (2018). Retrieved from

Sachs, Walt, Cook, & Walt. (2018). The Case for Aid.  Retrieved from