Missing in action: teacher and health worker absence in developing countries

J Econ Perspect. 2006 Winter;20(1):91-116. doi: 10.1257/089533006776526058.


In this paper, we report results from surveys in which enumerators make unannounced visits to primary schools and health clinics in Bangladesh, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru and Uganda and recorded whether they found teachers and health workers in the facilities.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism*
  • Developing Countries
  • Faculty* / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Personnel* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Observation / methods
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic