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Does donor assistance for HIV respond to media pressure?

Carmignani, Fabrizio, Lordan, Grace and Tang, Kam Ki (2012) Does donor assistance for HIV respond to media pressure? Health Economics, 21 (SUPPL1). pp. 18-32. ISSN 1057-9230

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Abstract

HIV/AIDS is a heavily mediatised disease. In this article, we test whether media attention is affecting donors' disbursement of aid for HIV to African countries. We use information available on the number of articles and press documents on HIV issues and other health concerns published in donor countries to construct a proxy of media coverage. This proxy is then included as an explanatory variable in a regression of aid for HIV to Africa. After controlling for several donor characteristics, we find that greater media coverage increases aid disbursement. This may be good news for the HIV campaign but may result in displacement effects to the extent that other diseases that cause greater mortality and morbidity receive less media coverage than HIV and thus less health aid.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F35 - Foreign Aid
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L82 - Entertainment; Media (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Broadcasting, Publishing, etc.)
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O55 - Africa
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 12:24
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43844/

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