Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Eskander Alvi
Dr. Debasri Mukherjee
Dr. J. Kevin Corder
Financial development, poverty, agriculture, aid
This work investigates several roles that financial development and agricultural aid have on economic development. In the first essay, I find that development of two of the major components of the financial sector—the banking sector and market sector—have a positive effect on incomes of the poor. In the second essay, I find a beneficial link between agricultural aid and agricultural productivity in that stable agricultural aid increases the Sharpe ratio for agricultural productivity. The third essay shows an agricultural productivity convergence across 140 countries. I do not find any evidence that agricultural aid has a supportive role in this convergence across countries.
Squires, James, "Three Essays on Finance, Agricultural Aid, and Development" (2016). Dissertations. 1597.