Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129470
Authors: 
Alavuotunki, Kaisa
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/108
Abstract: 
I examine impacts of general budget support in 12 countries using the synthetic control approach. First, I analyse changes in government expenditures on health before and after the introduction of budget support. Second, I look at neonatal mortality (a presumed proxy for improvements in health services), concentrating on the countries that increased their health spending following the introduction of general budget support. The results indicate that, at least in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, and Malawi, budget support did have a positive effect on health spending and, except for Rwanda, neonatal mortality rate declined relatively faster than in the synthetic control countries.
Subjects: 
general budget support
health sector expenditures
neonatal mortality
developing countries
synthetic control method
JEL: 
H51
F35
O57
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-997-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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