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Household choices, circumstances and equity of access to basic health and education services in the Philippines

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  • Joseph J. Capuno

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    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman)

  • Aleli D. Kraft

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman)

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In developing countries like the Philippines, a major policy concern is the inequity in access to health and education services. In this paper, we investigate the effects of factors over which households have control ("choices") or none ("circumstances") on their access to basic services. Our logit regression analyses of two nationwide household surveys reveal that household income and composition, mother’s age and education status, and the child’s age and gender are critical. The circumstance factors -- Philhealth coverage and some area-level characteristics of health and education services -- also matter in improving overall access, but not necessarily its equity.

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Paper provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics in its series UP School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 201011.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: Published as UPSE Discussion Paper No. 2010-11, November 2010
Handle: RePEc:phs:dpaper:201011

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