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Can bribery buy health? Evidence from post-communist countries

Astghik Mavisakalyan (), Vladimir Otrachshenko and Olga Popova
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Vladimir Otrachshenko: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

No WP1905, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper series from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School

Abstract: Corruption is pervasive, but we know little about its effects on individual lives. This paper examines whether living in a corrupt society has deleterious effects on health. Using individual-level data from 28 post-communist countries, we demonstrate that bribing for public services worsens self-assessed health. Unlike other studies, we account for endogeneity of bribery and show that bribing for any type of public service, not just for health services, has an adverse impact. We also find that bribery lowers the quality of services received. Moreover, there are potentially high indirect costs of bribery since, as we show, it comes at the expense of cutting food consumption. These findings suggest that corruption is a potentially important source behind the poor health outcomes in many developing countries.

Keywords: Bribery; Corruption; Health; Post-Communist Countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 K42 D73 H11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2019-12
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