Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
Although food aid may have important medium- to long-tenn effects, there is a glaring absence of empirical research on food aid dynamics. This paper applies structural vector autoregression and dynamic structural equations modeling methods to a panel of production, trade, and food aid data from eighteen countries over the period 1961-95. We find evidence of a J-curve effect of food aid on recipient country commercial food imports, but only modest effects on food production. The implication is that food aid primarily serves donor goals of export market development.
Barrett, Christopher B.; Mohapatra, Sandeep; and Snyder, Donald L., "The Dynamic Effects of U.S. Food Aid On Recipient Country Agriculture" (1996). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 108.