Economics of Governance

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 197–244

Does corruption affect health outcomes in the Philippines?

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10101-006-0031-y

Cite this article as:
Azfar, O. & Gurgur, T. Econ Gov (2008) 9: 197. doi:10.1007/s10101-006-0031-y


We examine the effect of corruption on health outcomes in the Philippines. We find that corruption reduces the immunization rates, delays the vaccination of newborns, discourages the use of public health clinics, reduces satisfaction of households with public health services, and increases waiting time at health clinics. We also find that corruption affects public services in rural areas in different ways than urban areas, and that corruption harms the poor more than the wealthy.


Corruption Decentralization Health care Service delivery 

JEL Classifications

H4 I1 I2 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Maryland at College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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