The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Aid: American Legislators and the Domestic Politics of Aid

Millner, H. & Tingley, D. 2010. Economics & Politics

Are there systematic political economy factors that shape preferences for foreign aid, a key component of American foreign policy? We analyze votes in the House of Representatives from 1979 to 2003 that would increase or decrease foreign aid by considering the political, economic, and ideological characteristics of legislators and their districts. To understand who supports and opposes foreign aid, we utilize theories of foreign economic policy preferences.