The Mental Health Cost of Corruption: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
AbstractThis paper examines the effect that experiencing corruption has on an individual’s mental health using microeconomic data from the Afrobarometer surveys. The results show a statistically significant and economically meaningful effect in both binary and ordered probit models using both an experience of corruption index and a simple binary variable. Having to pay a bribe to obtain documents and permits, to avoid problems with the police or to access medical care emerge as the arenas in which corruption can have a damaging effect on mental health. Some evidence is presented that an individual needs to experience such corruption more than ‘once or twice’ for this effect to become evident.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201126.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 28 Nov 2011
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Mental Health; Corruption; Well-Being; Sub-Saharan Africa;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2011-12-19 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2011-12-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2011-12-19 (Health Economics)
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- Gillanders, Robert, 2013. "Corruption and Infrastructure at the Country and Regional Level," MPRA Paper 46679, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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