Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72239
Authors: 
Gillanders, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 11/26
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
Mental Health
Corruption
Well-Being
Sub-Saharan Africa
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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