Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161518
Authors: 
Costa-Font, Joan
Parmar, Divya
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/135
Abstract: 
The development of institutions of self-governance in India, and specifically the 2005 reform - the National Rural Health Mission that introduced village health and sanitation committees - provide a unique opportunity to study the effects of the strengthening of the political agency on collective healthcare decision-making in rural areas. We use data from the District Level Household Survey and take advantage of the heterogeneity of maternal and child healthcare use, before and after the introduction of village health and sanitation committees. Specifically, we examine the effect of village health and sanitation committees on use of both public and preventive healthcare among children. Our results suggest that local democracy has increased access to preventive child healthcare services. Part of the effect is driven by an increase in the utilization of the public healthcare network. We find some evidence of an effect of village residence heads of a Panchayat on preventive healthcare use.
Subjects: 
decentralization
direct democracy
India
immunization
maternal healthcare
public healthcare
JEL: 
H7
I18
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-179-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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