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Title:Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments? Malaria control policies in Eritrea PDF Logo
Authors:Carneiro, Pedro
Locatelli, Andrea
Ghebremeskel, Tewolde
Keating, Joseph
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:cemmap working paper CWP12/12
Abstract:It is often argued that engaging in indoor residual spraying (IRS) in areas with high coverage of mosquito bed nets may discourage net ownership and use. This is just a case of a public program inducing perverse incentives. We analyze new data from a randomized control trial conducted in Eritrea which surprisingly shows the opposite: IRS encouraged net acquisition and use. Our evidence points to the role of imperfect information. The introduction of IRS may have made the problem of malaria more salient, leading to a change in beliefs about its importance and to an increase in private health investments.
Subjects:Malaria
Bed nets
Indoor residual spray
Information
Beliefs
Behavior
JEL:D12
D83
H42
I12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.1920/wp.cem.2012.1212
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:cemmap working papers, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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