The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) claims the purposes of U.S. food aid are “to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that people everywhere have enough food at all times for healthy, productive lives” (USAID 2014). In this paper, the researcher uses ordinary least squares regression analysis to test how accurately this mission statement reflects food aid allocations in the year 2012. The dependent variable is metric tons of food aid donated to each country by the United States. This study finds that recipient countries with high malnutrition death rates and large populations received a higher percent of the United States’ food aid allocations relative to other recipients. The recipient countries’ geographic location and corruption rate also matter. The results support USAID’s claim.
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"What Motivates U.S. Food Aid Donations? Characteristics of Countries That Received Food Aid from the U.S. in 2012,"
Major Themes in Economics, 16, 15-30.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/mtie/vol16/iss1/4