Title

Corruption costs lives: evidence from a cross-country study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Subject Area

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of corruption on health outcomes by using cross-country panel data covering about 150 countries for the period of 1995 to 2012. We employ ordinary least squares (OLS), fixed-effects and two-stage least squares (2SLS) estimation methods, and find that corruption significantly increases mortality rates, and reduces life expectancy and immunization rates. The results are consistent across different regions, gender, and measures of corruption. The findings suggest that reducing corruption can be an effective method to improve health outcomes.

Publication Title

European Journal of Health Economics

Volume

19

Issue

1

First Page

153

Last Page

165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10198-017-0872-z

PubMed ID

28197784

ISSN

16187598

E-ISSN

16187601

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