Human Development

Social influences and public health insurance utilisation

  • Blog Post Date 31 March, 2016
  • IGC Research on India
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Tarun Jain

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

In developing countries there are often limited formal sources of information about programme benefits or how to access them. Social networks might influence adoption by providing more programme information, offering expertise on how to make choices, and signalling whether using the programme is socially appropriate. This project examines the role of social networks, specifically caste networks within a village or urban ward, in increasing utilisation of Aarogyasri, a large publicly financed health insurance programme operating in Andhra Pradesh since 2007.

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