Institutional Deficit and Health Outcomes in Post-Communist States

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Vladimir Kozlov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Dina Balalaeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Date Written: March 4, 2015

Abstract

In this paper we explore political-economic determinants of health. We draw upon the unique natural experiment of post-communist transitions to show the effect on health (measured as life expectancy and cause-specific mortality) of the interaction between institutions for political (democratic rules) and economic (free market entry) competitiveness. To analyze this relationship empirically, we employ panel regression analysis with country and time fixed effects. We find that, ceteris paribus, political and economic institutions exert cumulative positive impact upon health (even if their separate effects are negative or insignificant). One potential causal pathway is that political-economic liberalization increases certainty and people start investing in their health. Our findings are highly relevant to other countries that experience similar reforms.

Keywords: Democratization, Liberalization, Institutions, Mortality, Stress, Post-communist states

JEL Classification: P36, I15, J11

Suggested Citation

Kozlov, Vladimir and Balalaeva, Dina, Institutional Deficit and Health Outcomes in Post-Communist States (March 4, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 25/PS/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2573692 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2573692

Vladimir Kozlov (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Dina Balalaeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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