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Prevention or treatment? The case of malaria

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  • Berthélemy, Jean-Claude
  • Gaudart, Jean
  • Thuilliez, Josselin

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We present a simple theoretical model of household preventive behavior in response to malaria prevalence. The novelty is to include a trade-off between prevention and treatment in an otherwise standard epidemiological model of disease transmission, which depends on the relative price of treatment with respect to prevention. A relatively low price of treatment reduces prevention.

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  • Berthélemy, Jean-Claude & Gaudart, Jean & Thuilliez, Josselin, 2015. "Prevention or treatment? The case of malaria," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 16-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:131:y:2015:i:c:p:16-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.03.022
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    1. Jean-Claude Berthélemy & Victor Doubliez & Josselin Thuilliez, 2015. "Prevention or treatment? The introduction of a new antimalarial drug in Angola," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-01244406, HAL.

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    Keywords

    Economic epidemiology; Malaria; Treatment; Prevention; Price;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development

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