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Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments? Malaria control policies in Eritrea

Armand, A; Carneiro, P; Locatelli, A; Mihreteab, S; Keating, J; (2017) Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments? Malaria control policies in Eritrea. Labour Economics , 45 pp. 107-115. 10.1016/j.labeco.2016.11.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Engaging in indoor residual spraying in areas with high coverage of mosquito bed nets may discourage net ownership and use. This paper analyses new data from a randomized control trial conducted in Eritrea, which surprisingly shows the opposite: indoor residual spraying encouraged net acquisition and use. One possible explanation for this finding is that there is imperfect information about the risk of malaria infection. The introduction of indoor residual spraying may have made the problem of malaria more salient, leading to a change in beliefs about its importance and to an increase in private health investments.

Type: Article
Title: Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments? Malaria control policies in Eritrea
Location: Paris Sch Econ, Paris, FRANCE
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2016.11.003
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2016.11.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: MalariaBed netsIndoor Residual SprayInformationBeliefsBehavior
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536443
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