The mental health cost of corruption: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

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Title: The mental health cost of corruption: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Gillanders, Robert
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Date: Nov-2011
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.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Mental HealthCorruptionWell-BeingSub-Saharan Africa
Subject LCSH: Mental health--Africa, Sub-Saharan
Corruption--Psychological aspects--Africa, Sub-Saharan
Well-being--Africa, Sub-Saharan
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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