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Commitment Mechanisms and Compliance with Health-protecting Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from Irissa (India)

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  • Brian Blackburn

    (Stanford University)

  • Aprajit Mahajan

    () (Department of Economics, Stanford University)

  • Alessandro Tarozzi

    (Stanford University)

  • Joanne Yoong

    (Labor and Population Program)

Abstract

Transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes, malaria is one of the heaviest global health burdens, an incidence of 300-660 million cases every year. According to recent estimates, one third of the human population lives in areas exposed to the most severe form of malaria, caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Numerous studies have shown that insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) are one of the most effective means of reducing malaria related morbidity and mortality (C Lengeler 2004). However, ITN adoption in most malaria areas remains very low and public health interventions frequently have insufficient resources to provide complete ITN coverage for all individuals at risk. Researchers have argued that policies can help poor households to overcome time-inconsistency in their preferences. In this paper, we present results carried out in districts of Orissa, an eastern Indian state, where endemic malaria is one of the most serious public health concerns. Attention is paid to the possibility of using consumer loan contracts to increase ITN ownership and retreatment rates.

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  • Brian Blackburn & Aprajit Mahajan & Alessandro Tarozzi & Joanne Yoong, 2009. "Commitment Mechanisms and Compliance with Health-protecting Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from Irissa (India)," Discussion Papers 08-026, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
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    1. David Laibson, 1997. "Golden Eggs and Hyperbolic Discounting," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 112(2), pages 443-478.
    2. Damon Jones & Aprajit Mahajan, 2015. "Time-Inconsistency and Saving: Experimental Evidence from Low-Income Tax Filers," NBER Working Papers 21272, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. repec:ebl:ecbull:eb-17-00269 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Alessandro Tarozzi & Aprajit Mahajan & Brian Blackburn & Dan Kopf & Lakshmi Krishnan & Joanne Yoong, 2014. "Micro-loans, Insecticide-Treated Bednets, and Malaria: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Orissa, India," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 104(7), pages 1909-1941, July.
    5. Jacopo Bonan & Stefano Pareglio & Massimo Tavoni, 2014. "Access to Modern Energy: a Review of Impact Evaluations," Working Papers 2014.96, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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    Keywords

    malaria; orissa; India; bednets; public health;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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