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Corruption in Russian health care: the determinants and incidence of bribery

Citation

Peter, Klara Sabirianova & Zelenska, Tetyana (2010). Corruption in Russian health care: the determinants and incidence of bribery.

Abstract

This paper uses the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey to examine the incidence and determinants of informal payments in Russian health care industry in 1994-2005. We supplement individual-level data with a large set of regional-level characteristics to control for the effect of local shocks on the incidence and size of informal payments. After correcting both for endogeneity of medical workers‘ wages and for sample selection bias, our findings indicate that long-run endowments of health care sector, greater economic
development and higher health care expenditure have a bribery-reducing effect, while short-run budgetary fluctuations do not have a discernable effect on bribery.
We also uncover a positive association between salary of medical personnel and bribery but this effect is not robust. Interestingly, we also find that private sector is more prone to corruption. Contrary to previous studies, we do not find support for regressivity of informal payments in Russia.

URL

http://www.iza.org/conference_files/worldb2010/zelenska_t5300.pdf

Reference Type

Conference Paper

Year Published

2010

Author(s)

Peter, Klara Sabirianova
Zelenska, Tetyana