Publication
Title
Voodoo, vaccines and bed nets
Author
Abstract
We provide the first quantitative analysis to scrutinize the ample ethnographic evidence that magico-religious beliefs affect the demand for conventional health care in sub-Saharan Africa. We rely on the unique case of Benin, where Voodoo adherence is freely reported and varies greatly within villages and even within households yet can be traced to historic events that are arguably exogenous to present-day health-care behavior. These features allow us to account for confounding village and household factors and address self-selection into Voodoo. We find that Voodoo adherence of the mother is associated with lower uptake of preventive health-care measures and worse child health outcomes.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Economic development and cultural change. - Chicago, Ill., 1952, currens
Publication
Chicago, Ill. : 2019
ISSN
0013-0079
Volume/pages
67 :3 (2019) , p. 493-535
ISI
000463928200003
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (open access)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 07.06.2018
Last edited 14.09.2021
To cite this reference