Do Commodity Prices and Food Production Affect the Volume of United States Foreign Food Aid?

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Do Commodity Prices and Food Production Affect the Volume of United States Foreign Food Aid?

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Title: Do Commodity Prices and Food Production Affect the Volume of United States Foreign Food Aid?
Author: Wiltsee, Jim
Advisor: Ghosh, Indradeep
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Economics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: The main focus of this paper is to analyze whether a country-specific commodity price index and a food production index have strong explanatory power on determining the volume of United States foreign food aid flows to low-income countries. The study uses panel data for seventy-six countries spanning from 2001-2007. I ran three regression models: two ordinary least squares regressions with fixed effects and a conditional logit model. The results I find are that the commodity price index variable has low explanatory power and that many of the country-specific attributes, including those that relate it to the donor (U.S.) are more significant. Lastly, food aid should be purely a humanitarian program by the United States, but political, strategic, and income factors play an important role in determining the allocation of US food aid flows.
Subject: Food relief, American -- Government policy -- United States
Subject: Food relief, American -- Economic aspects
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3651

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Wiltsee, Jim. "Do Commodity Prices and Food Production Affect the Volume of United States Foreign Food Aid?". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3651.

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