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Foreign aid and corruption in selected African Muslim countries: an empirical study based on Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model

Mustafa, Daud and Adewale, Abideen Adeyemi and Abdul Razak, Nor Azam (2013) Foreign aid and corruption in selected African Muslim countries: an empirical study based on Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model. International Journal of Economy, Management and Social Sciences, 2 (4). pp. 108-117. ISSN 2306-7276 E-ISSN 1751-4096

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Considering the dismal growth performance in many African countries despite the huge transfer of resources as foreign aid or development assistance (DA) by various multilateral development and financial institutions like OECD, USAID and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) among others; it was not surprising that Transparency International through its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reports classified most African countries as icons of corruption. In this connection therefore, this study makes an attempt to empirically investigate the nature and pattern of causal relationship existing between corruption and foreign aid in selected African Muslim Countries (AMCs) like Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal who are among the major recipients of the development assistance of IDB in more than three decades. As a matter of fact, Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model based on Cointegration and Granger-causality tests was adopted. Basically, the findings from our study indicate that the nature of causality existing between corruption and foreign aid is both in the short and long-run analysis. Also, the pattern of causality is both unidirectional and bidirectional. Importantly, our findings revealed the relevance of the corruption trap hypothesis of Collier (2006) to all the countries in the sample, especially for Morocco. Stemming from these findings, we recommend that IDB and other African development partners like the OIC, OECD, OPEC and a host of others should give more commitment to the enthronement of good governance. They should especially facilitate the international war against corruption in these countries and Africa at large because these two measures are fundamental to the growth and development process of the continent.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6700/46585
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign aid, IDB, Economic growth, ARDL, Corruption trap, Causality, AMCs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Finance
Depositing User: Dr. Abideen Adeyemi Adewale
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 10:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/46585

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