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The flight of white-collars: Civil conflict, availability of medical service providers and public health.

Kıbrıs, A; Metternich, N; (2016) The flight of white-collars: Civil conflict, availability of medical service providers and public health. Social Science & Medicine , 149 pp. 93-103. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.052. Green open access

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Abstract

Civil conflicts devastate public health both in the short run and in the long run. Analyzing novel data sets that include yearly information on public health and the availability of health professionals across provinces in Turkey in the 1964-2010 period, we provide empirical evidence for our theoretical argument that a major mechanism through which civil conflicts exert their long term negative influences on public health is by discouraging medical personnel to practice in conflict regions. We also assess the effectiveness of certain policy measures that Turkish governments have tried out over the years to counteract this mechanism. Our results reveal that the long running civil conflict in Turkey has been driving away doctors and other highly trained medical personnel from conflict areas and that mandatory service requirements do help counteract this flight.

Type: Article
Title: The flight of white-collars: Civil conflict, availability of medical service providers and public health.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.052
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.052
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Civil conflict, Medical personnel, Policy analysis, Public health, Turkey
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478271
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