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Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments? Malaria control policies in Eritrea

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  • Pedro Carneiro

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

  • Andrea Locatelli
  • Tewolde Ghebremeskel
  • Joseph Keating

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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.

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Paper provided by Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series CeMMAP working papers with number CWP12/12.

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