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Switching (or not) health seeking behavior:Evidence from rural Tanzania

Corno, L. (2008) Switching (or not) health seeking behavior:Evidence from rural Tanzania. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The aim of this paper is to understand the functioning of seeking behavior. It studies empirically how and if economic agents adjust their health seeking behavior over time, after they have gained experience about the quality of the previous caregiver consulted. I .nd that agents seek medical care repeatedly from the same type of health provider, even if the treatments are ine¤ective. Speci.cally, they do not switch to formal health sector, even though the informal one has failed to treat their illness in previous years. The paper also investigates the determinants of illnesses, showing the relevant role of education in avoiding diseases. I apply the Wooldridge.s (1995) procedure to deal with the sample selection bias problem, by exploiting past natural disasters as exclusion restriction. These e¤ects are tested using a 4 years panel data from a household survey in Tanzania.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: Health Systems > Community Health
Health Systems > Surveillance, monitoring & evaluation
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 06:44
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 06:44

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