The impact of foreign aid on economic development: A systematic literature review and content analysis of the top 50 most influential papers

Ziyoda Asatullaeva*, Reza Fathollah Zadeh Aghdam, Nisar Ahmad, Laylo Tashpulatova

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3 Citations (Scopus)


The effectiveness of foreign aid in stimulating economic development is a topic of intense debate in the scientific community and among policy analysts. Numerous empirical studies are devoted to investigating the impact of foreign aid on the economic growth/development of recipient countries. This study reviews the literature relevant to this debate using the bibliometric data of scholarly papers in the Scopus database. Our intention is to identify the trends of publications, their geographical distribution and the most influential journals, authors and articles in this field of research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-751
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • aid effectiveness
  • citation analysis
  • foreign aid
  • systematic literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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