Do Developing-country WTO Members Receive More Aid for Trade (AfT)?

This paper aims to assess whether and to what extent the WTO’s developing member countries have received more AfT. For this purpose, a system GMM is applied to a sample of 118 recipient countries for the period 2001–10. We find evidence that while LDC WTO members on average receive relatively more AfT than other developing countries, the difference has not increased since launch of the AfT initiative. Among the three categories of AfT, the positive WTO membership effect for LDC members increased for building productive capacity and for trade policy and regulation, but declined for infrastructure.

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