Discussion paper

DP17361 Policy-Making, Trust and the Demand for Public Services: Evidence from a Mass Sterilizations Campaign

We study a mass sterilization campaign in which more than 300,000 Peruvian women were sterilized. Many of these are alleged to have been performed without appropriate or informed consent. The subsequent disclosure of the alleged illegal sterilizations caused a reduction in the usage of contraceptive methods, prenatal and birth delivery services, and –more generally– the demand for medical services in affected areas. As a result, child health also worsened. The results persist for at least 17 years after the information disclosure and are driven by disappointed supporters of the regime. Learning about the government’s malpractices undermined trust in institutions.

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Citation

Leon-Ciliotta, G, D Zejcirovic and F Fernández Bazán (eds) (2022), “DP17361 Policy-Making, Trust and the Demand for Public Services: Evidence from a Mass Sterilizations Campaign”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 17361. https://cepr.org/publications/dp17361