A new aid modality for Africa
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OriginalversjonMersland, R., & Thøgersen, J. (2013). Stimulating economic growth in the least developed countries: Direct cash transfers for the retired via mobile phones. Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 16(3), 259-271. 10.1080/17487870.2013.799905
The result of current aid policies is that only a small percentage of foreign aid reaches the poorest of the poor in the least developed countries. Current trends of urbanisation and self-reliance place elderly people in an increasingly difficult situation. This paper aims to stimulate debate by introducing an alternative mechanism for foreign aid. With the help of an economic model, we demonstrate how direct cash transfers to elderly people can spur economic growth. Targeting all elderly people above a certain age minimises selection costs and removes perverse incentives. The use of new mobile phone technologies reduces transaction costs and makes our proposed modality feasible including in the least developed countries with low functioning governments.
Preprint of an article published in the Journal of Economic Policy Reform with the title:“Stimulating economic growth in the least developed countries: Direct cash transfers for the retired via mobile phones,”