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The Mental Health Cost of Corruption: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Robert Gillanders

    (University College Dublin)

This 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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Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201126.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 28 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201126
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