Dr. Sophal Ear: Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy


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  • Speaker: Sophal Ear
  • Host Department: Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
  • Date: 01/18/2013
  • Time: 12:00 PM

  • Location: 1230 Weill Hall 735 S. State Street

  • Description:

    Abstract: The more a country depends on aid, the more distorted are its incentives to manage its own development in sustainably beneficial ways. Cambodia, a post-conflict state that cannot refuse aid, is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended results, including bad governance - a major impediment to rational economic growth. Based on a comparison of how more and less aid-dependent sectors have performed, Dr. Ear will highlight the complicity of foreign assistance in helping to degrade Cambodia's political economy.

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