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Has the Demand and Supply-side Components of Janani Suraksha Yojana Augmented the Uptake of Maternal Health Care Services among Poor Women in India ?: An Application of Hybrid Matching Technique

Tulasi Malini Maharatha (), Sumirtha Gandhi () and Umakant Dash ()
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Tulasi Malini Maharatha: PhD Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai,
Sumirtha Gandhi: Asst Professor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) Univeristy, Bengaluru
Umakant Dash: Director, Institute of Rural Management, IRMA, Gujarat

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Abstract: Financial barriers pose significant and detrimental effects on the utilisation of maternal and child health care services. The Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) implemented in India provides an opportunity to explore if and how differential incentive patterns augment the utilisation of maternal health care services. This study aims to capture the impact of the demand side (DD), supply side (SS) component and integrated impact of demand and supply side (DS) of JSY on the utilisation of antenatal care services (ANC), facility-based delivery (FBD) and postnatal care services (PNC). National Family Health Survey (2015-16) was used and a novel hybrid matching technique was adopted to ascertain the effects of the program. The impact of the demand and supply side intervention varied across regions and maternal health care services. Compared to other regions, the performance of DD is notably high in north-east and northern regions. DD substantially influenced the utilisation of FBD, while SS and DS had greater influence on PNC.

Keywords: Health Behavior; Public Health; Impact Evaluation JEL Classification-I12; D04; I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2021-05
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