Improving Maternal Health Using Incentives for Mothers and Health Care Workers: Evidence from India

Debnath, S (2018) Improving Maternal Health Using Incentives for Mothers and Health Care Workers: Evidence from India. Economic Development and Cultural Change.

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Abstract

This paper studies the role of incentives for mothers and healthcare workers in the use of maternal and child health services. Using variations in birthrate, eligibility, transfer size for a conditional cash transfer program in India, I find that overall delivery at a health care facility for eligible women increased by five percentage points. The incentives also significantly increased the use of pre- and post-natal care services and immunization. The program reduced early-neonatal deaths but had no impact on late-neonatal morality. I also find that larger incentives to the health workers are associated with relatively higher utilization rates compared to larger incentives to mothers.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Debnath, Shttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8395-8836
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Incentives, Maternal Health, Conditional Cash Transfer
Subjects: Health care and delivery
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 13:40
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 13:40
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/693
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1086/703083
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0013-0079/
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