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Does the Private Sector Care About AIDS? Evidence from Investment Climate Surveys in East Africa

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  • Vijaya Ramachandran

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  • Manju Kedia Shah
  • Ginger Turner

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This paper analyzes the determinants of firms’ decision to provide HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Using data from 860 firms and 4,955 workers in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya, it shows that larger firms, and firms with higher skilled workers tend to invest more in AIDS prevention. Firms where more than 50 percent of workers are unionized are also more likely to do more prevention activity. Finally, these characteristics are also significant in determining whether or not a firm carries out pre-employment health checks of its workers. The results shed light on the likelihood of private sector intervention and the gaps that will require public sector assistance.

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  • Vijaya Ramachandran & Manju Kedia Shah & Ginger Turner, 2006. "Does the Private Sector Care About AIDS? Evidence from Investment Climate Surveys in East Africa," Working Papers 76, Center for Global Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:cgd:wpaper:76
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    Keywords

    HIV/AIDS; Uganda; Tanzania; Kenya; private sector; public sector; investment climate;

    JEL classification:

    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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