``The China Syndrome'' the Association between Chinese Aid and Sustainable Development Goals

Arnstein Aassve, Bocconi University
Alexander Kentikelenis, Bocconi University
Eugenio Paglino, University of Pennsylvania
Veronica Toffolutti , Queen Mary University of London

China is one of the world’s largest providers of foreign aid in Asia, Latin America and especially in Africa. Despite of that, little evidence examined the potential impact of such an investment on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This paper fills this gap by providing both macro and micro evidence for 35 African countries covering the period 2000-2018. Our preliminary results show that Chinese Aid is associated with a decrease in infant and maternal mortality, however when we control for World Bank investments the effect vanishes out.

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 Presented in Session 81. Global and Comparative Perspectives on Health and Mortality