Ben Zou

Ben Zou is Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He works in the intersections of labor economics, urban economics, and economic development. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 2015.

Content by Ben Zou
  • Blog post

    The effect of aid on growth: Evidence from a quasi-experiment

    Does aid drive real (per capita) GDP growth in recipient countries? Today’s blog uses the International Development Association’s threshold criterion for aid eligibility to estimate the effect of aid on growth and finds physical infrastructure investments are a key driver of growth impacts from aid. Identifying the causal effect of development aid on growth poses a...

    28 Apr 2016 | Sebastian Galiani, Stephen Knack, Colin Xu, Ben Zou