Economics of Governance

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 197–244 | Cite as

Does corruption affect health outcomes in the Philippines?

  • Omar Azfar
  • Tugrul GurgurEmail author
Original Paper


We examine the effect of corruption on health outcomes in the Philippines. We find that corruption reduces the immunization rates, delays the vaccination of newborns, discourages the use of public health clinics, reduces satisfaction of households with public health services, and increases waiting time at health clinics. We also find that corruption affects public services in rural areas in different ways than urban areas, and that corruption harms the poor more than the wealthy.


Corruption Decentralization Health care Service delivery 

JEL Classifications

H4 I1 I2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Maryland at College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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