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Spillover Effects In Healthcare Programs: Evidence On Social Norms And Information Sharing

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Cervical cancer is considered to be one of the most preventable types of cancer, but cervical cancer mortality rates in Mexico have been dramatically high by international standards for many years. This paper exploits the randomized research design of a large welfare program - Progresa - to study the size and determinants of spillover effects in cervical cancer screening in rural Mexico. The authors find significant evidence of spillover effects in demand for Papanicolaou cervical cancer screening, yet there is no evidence of similar spillovers in non-gender specific tests, such as blood pressure and blood sugar.

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