Lixin Colin Xu

L. Colin Xu is a Lead Economist of the Research Group of the World Bank. His main areas of work include firms, development, institutions, the role of the state, and China. He has published 50 papers in various fields related to applied microeconomics. His work has been mentioned in mass media such as the Economist and the Wall Street Journal, and his papers are widely cited.

Content by Colin Xu
  • 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