Health care and status are jointly modelled using household data from Kenya. Both maternal primary education and distance to health facilities affect take-up of child health care, but the former is more powerful. Corrections for the selectivity of illness when modelling health demand are insignificant. Parental education, proximity to health facilities and piped water all increase reporting of illness symptoms. The first two results may reflect differences in reporting rather than in health. However, the effect of piped water remains disturbing. The impact of health care on the duration of illness is estimated controlling for endogeneity and found to be favourable but insignificant.
|Number of pages||33|
|Journal||Journal of African Economies|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics