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2009 AEC- Demand for health in Ethiopia exploratory analysis from welfare monitoring surveys

10-Nov-2009

This paper investigates demand for health in Ethiopia using a large welfare monitoring survey collected in recent period using alternative indicators of health status such as self-reported illness episodes, number of days lost due to illness and stunting. We found strong evidence that health status varies with socio-economic characteristics of an individual. Consistent with the large empirical evidence, our findings suggest that the level of schooling achieved by the individual in rural areas progressively affects health status and the result is robust to different estimation approaches. In addition, access to health services, affordability and attitudes towards health facility, as well as employment status determine infirmity experienced by individuals.

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