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Heterogeneous Credit Impacts of Healthcare Spending of the Poor in Peri-urban Areas, Vietnam: Quantile Treatment Effects Estimation

  • Tinh Doan


    (Ministry of Economic Development
    University of Waikato)

  • John Gibson


    (University of Waikato)

  • Mark Holmes


    (University of Waikato)

Quantile Treatment Effects are estimated to study the impacts of household credit access on health spending by poor households in one District of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. There are significant positive effects of credit on the health budget shares of households with low healthcare spending. In contrast, when an Average Treatment Effect is estimated, there is no discernible impact of credit access on health spending. Hence, typical approaches to studying heterogeneous credit impacts that only consider between group differences and not differences over the distribution of outcomes may miss some heterogeneity of interest to policymakers.

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Paper provided by University of Waikato, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 11/01.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 18 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:11/01
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