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Working for God? Evidence from a Change in Financing of Nonprofit Health Care Providers in Uganda

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  • Ritva Reinikka
  • Jakob Svensson

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What motivates religious nonprofit health care providers? This paper uses a change in financing of nonprofit health care providers in Uganda to test two theories of organizational behavior. We show that financial aid leads to more laboratory testing, lower user charges, and increased utilization. These findings are consistent with the view that religious nonprofit providers are intrinsically motivated to serve (poor) people and that these preferences matter quantitatively. (JEL: L31, I11, O15) (c) 2010 by the European Economic Association.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1159-1178

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:8:y:2010:i:6:p:1159-1178

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  1. Paul Gertler & Christel Vermeersch, 2013. "Using Performance Incentives to Improve Medical Care Productivity and Health Outcomes," NBER Working Papers 19046, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  3. Olivier, Jill & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Do faith-inspired health care providers in Africa reach the poor more than other providers?," MPRA Paper 45379, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. World Bank, 2013. "Service Delivery with More Districts in Uganda : Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities for Reforms," World Bank Other Operational Studies 16012, The World Bank.

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