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Workshop: Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies



Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies

September 22-23, 2017, Heidelberg University, Germany




The final program Adobe has just been released.


Academic research on international aid and investment has largely focused on OECD countries as primary providers of such financing. In recent years, however, aid-like financial flows and foreign direct investments originating from developing and emerging economies, such as China and India, have become sizable. Our workshop seeks to answer novel questions in economics, political science or other social sciences, and propose methodological advances related to the challenge of tracking developing and emerging countries’ aid and investments. The guiding research questions of the workshop include, but are not limited to:


  • What are the factors influencing emerging donors’ aid and investment flows?
  • What are their economic, political, social and environmental effects?
  • What are the methodological shortcomings of existing datasets and how can these be addressed?
  • Are the datasets made available by AidData and/or Heidelberg University reliable? How does the reliability of these data compare to alternative methods to estimate aid or investment flows from emerging economies?


Participants are invited to engage with new datasets on emerging donors’ aid and investments around the world, including but not limited to those listed in Table 1 Adobe. Authors of accepted proposals have received pre-publication access to unpublished databases so that they can present a draft paper at the workshop. The aim is to have a (first) public release of these papers as AidData working papers in October 2017. Learn more about papers selected for the workshop at AidData's The First Tranche Externer Inhalt.


We have the pleasure of welcoming two distinguished scholars as keynote speakers: David Dollar Externer Inhalt (Brookings Institution), and Helen Milner Externer Inhalt (Princeton University). They have agreed to share their thoughts on the topic of the workshop.


The workshop is sponsored by AidData Externer Inhalt, Heidelberg University's “Field of Focus 4: Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Organisations,” and the German Research Foundation (DFG) Externer Inhalt, which will allow us to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for 12 participants.


Location: The symposium will take place at Heidelberg University's International Academic Forum (IWH) on September 22-23, 2017. Heidelberg University is one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence and is the country’s oldest university. The city of Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful in Germany and is located only a short train ride from Frankfurt Airport.


Useful documents:

Preliminary Program Adobe

Call for Proposals Adobe

Table 1: List of available datasets Adobe

Table 2: Forthcoming papers that make use of the unpublished datasets Adobe


We are looking forward to welcoming you at Heidelberg University.


Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs

(for the Organization Committee)



Organization Committee: Gerda Asmus (Heidelberg University), Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Vera Z. Eichenauer (ETH Zürich), Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), and Angelika Müller (Heidelberg University)

Website: Link

Contact: Angelika Müller (angelika.mueller@awi.uni-heidelberg.de E-Mail)




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