Conditional cash transfers, spillovers, and informal health care: Evidence from Peru

Natalia Guerrero, Oswaldo Molina, Diego Winkelried

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Conditional cash transfer programs have become instrumental in encouraging the use of formal health services in developing countries, but little is known about their effect on the use of low-quality informal care. Using a large survey of Peruvian rural households and a regression discontinuity design, we find a sizeable reduction in the use of informal health care providers not only by targeted but also by nontargeted members of households that qualify for the program. This indicates the existence of spillover effects within the household. We also provide evidence that beyond the direct increase in income, the availability of better information about institutional services is a potential mechanism that drives these effects.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)111-122
Número de páginas12
PublicaciónHealth Economics (United Kingdom)
EstadoPublicada - 1 feb. 2020

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We are very grateful to the editor Owen O'Donnell for his insightful comments. We also thank the two anonymous referees for their valuable suggestions and the participants at the VIII Congreso de Economía de la Salud de América Latina y el Caribe, at Universidad EAFIT and at Universidad del Pacífico for motivating discussion. The financial support of the Research Center of Universidad del Pacífico (CIUP) is gratefully acknowledged. We alone are responsible for the views expressed in this paper and for any remaining errors.

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