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WORKING FOR GOD? EVIDENCE FROM A CHANGE IN FINANCING OF NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN UGANDA

Ritva Reinikka and Jakob Svensson
Journal of the European Economic Association
Vol. 8, No. 6 (December 2010), pp. 1159-1178
Published by: Wiley on behalf of European Economic Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40961555
Page Count: 20
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WORKING FOR GOD? EVIDENCE FROM A CHANGE IN FINANCING OF NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN UGANDA
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Abstract

What motivates religious nonprofit health care providers? This paper uses a change in financing of nonprofit health care providers in Uganda to test two theories of organizational behavior. We show that financial aid leads to more laboratory testing, lower user charges, and increased utilization. These findings are consistent with the view that religious nonprofit providers are intrinsically motivated to serve (poor) people and that these preferences matter quantitatively.

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