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

Jyotsna Jalan and E. Somanathan

Discussion Papers from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi

Abstract: 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

Keywords: Environmental quality; drinking water; information; awareness; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 O10 Q53 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2004-04
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