Trust in the Healthcare System and COVID-19 Treatment in the Developing World. Survey and Experimental Evidence from Armenia

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Armenak Antinyan

Wenlan School of Business; United Nations Development Program

Thomas Bassetti

University of Padova - Department of Economics

Luca Corazzini

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Filippo Pavesi

Università Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) - Institute of Economics; Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

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Date Written: June 4, 2020

Abstract

Concerns are looming that the healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are mostly unprepared to combat COVID-19 because of limited resources. The problems in LMICs are exacerbated by the fact that citizens in these countries generally exhibit low trust in the healthcare system, which could trigger a number of uncooperative behaviors.

In this paper, we focus on one such behavior and investigate the relationship between trust in the healthcare system and the likelihood of potential treatment-seeking behavior upon the appearance of the first symptoms of COVID-19. First, we provide motivating evidence from a unique national on-line survey administered in Armenia — a post-Soviet LMIC country. We then present results from a large-scale survey experiment in Armenia that provides causal evidence in support of the investigated relationship. Our main finding is that a more trustworthy healthcare system enhances the likelihood of potential treatment-seeking behavior when observing the initial symptoms.

Keywords: COVID-19, Epidemic, Healthcare system, Trust, Survey experiment

JEL Classification: C9, I12, I15

Suggested Citation

Antinyan, Armenak and Bassetti, Thomas and Corazzini, Luca and Pavesi, Filippo, Trust in the Healthcare System and COVID-19 Treatment in the Developing World. Survey and Experimental Evidence from Armenia (June 4, 2020). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 10/WP/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3619825 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3619825

Armenak Antinyan (Contact Author)

Wenlan School of Business ( email )

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Wuhan, Hubei 430073
China

United Nations Development Program ( email )

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Yerevan, 0010
Armenia

Thomas Bassetti

University of Padova - Department of Economics ( email )

via Del Santo 33
Padova, 35123
Italy

Luca Corazzini

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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Filippo Pavesi

Università Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) - Institute of Economics ( email )

21053 Castellanza (VA)
Italy

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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