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Being informed matters: Experimental evidence on the demand for environmental quality

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  • Jyotsna Jalan

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

  • E.Somanathan

    ()
    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

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A randomly selected treatment group of households in Gurgaon, India was informed whether (or not) their drinking water had tested positive for fecal contamination using a simple test costing about $0.50. Households that were not initially purifying their water, and were told that their drinking water had tested positive, were 11 percentage points (p-value

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Paper provided by Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India in its series Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers with number 04-08.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ind:isipdp:04-08

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Keywords: Environmental quality; drinking water; information; awareness; experiment;

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  1. Simone Borghesi, 1999. "The Environmental Kuznets Curve: a Survey of the Literature," Working Papers 1999.85, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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  1. Namrata Gulati & Prabal Roy Chowdhury, 2010. "Income inequality, neighbourhood effects and product quality," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India 10-06, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.

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