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Working for God?


Ritva Reinikka


The World Bank

Jakob Svensson


Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

January 2004

CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4214

Abstract:     
This Paper exploits a unique micro-level data set on primary health care facilities in Uganda to address the question: What motivates religious not-for-profit (RNFP) health care providers? We use two approaches to identify whether an altruistic (religious) effect exists in the data. First, exploiting the cross-section variation, we show that RNFP facilities hire qualified medical staff below the market wage; are more likely to provide pro-poor services and services with a public good element; and charge lower prices for services than for-profit facilities, although they provide a similar (observable) quality of care. RNFP and for-profit facilities both provide better quality care than their government counterparts, although government facilities have better equipment. These findings are consistent with the view that RNFP are driven (partly) by altruistic (religious) concerns and that these preferences matter quantitatively. Second, we exploit a near natural experiment in which the government initiated a program of financial aid for the RNFP sector, and show that financial aid leads to more laboratory testing of suspected malaria and intestinal worm cases, and hence higher quality of service, and to lower user charges. These findings suggest that working for God matters.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: Religious not-for-profit health care providers, altruism, natural experiment, financial aid

JEL Classification: H39, I11, L31

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Date posted: February 23, 2004  

Suggested Citation

Reinikka, Ritva and Svensson, Jakob, Working for God? (January 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4214. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=508042

Contact Information

Ritva Reinikka
The World Bank ( email )
1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States
202-458-2893 (Phone)
Jakob Svensson (Contact Author)
Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) ( email )
Stockholm University
10691 Stockholm, SE-10691
Sweden
+46 8 163 060 (Phone)
+46 8 161 443 (Fax)
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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