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Measuring the Private Benefits from Connections to Public Water Systems in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the Punjab,Pakistan

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  • Altaf, Mir Anjum
  • Jamal, Haroon
  • Liu, Jin Long
  • Smith, V. Kerry
  • Whittington, Dale

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This paper reports the results of a model applying a random utility framework (RUM) to the connection decisions made by rural households in Pakistan to public water systems. Decisions took place over a number of years are treated as instantaneous with appropriate adjustment for changes in the general price level. The findings support the model both for predicting connection decisions and estimating household willingness to pay (WTP) for such public water supplies. Comparisons based on estimates of WTP and connection decisions between RUM and contingent valuation estimates for independent villages support the framework as well.

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  • Altaf, Mir Anjum & Jamal, Haroon & Liu, Jin Long & Smith, V. Kerry & Whittington, Dale, 1997. "Measuring the Private Benefits from Connections to Public Water Systems in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the Punjab,Pakistan," Working Papers 97-24, Duke University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Mushtaq Memon & Shunji Matsuoka, 2002. "Validity of contingent valuation estimates from developing countries: scope sensitivity analysis," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 5(1), pages 39-61, March.

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    • O22 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Project Analysis
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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