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Risk perception, choice of drinking water and water treatment: Evidence from Kenyan towns
University of Nairobi.
Göteborgs universitet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study uses household survey data from four Kenyan towns to examine the effect of households’ characteristics and risk perceptions on their decision to treat/filter water as well as their choice of main drinking water source. Because the two decisions may be jointly made by the household, a seemingly unrelated bivariate probit model is estimated. It turns out that treating non-piped water and using piped water as a main drinking water source are substitutes. The evidence supports the finding that perceived risks significantly correlate with a household’s decision to treat/filter unimproved non-pipe water before drinking it. The study also finds that higher connection fees reduce the likelihood of households connecting to the piped network. Because the current connection fee acts as a cost hurdle that deters households from getting a connection, the study recommends a system where households pay the connection fee in instalments, through a prepaid water scheme or through a subsidy scheme.

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Washington DC: Resources for the Future , 2013.
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RFF Discussion Paper EfD, 13-10
Keyword [en]
risk perception, water quality, drinking water, water treatment
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19681DiVA: diva2:638854
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyFormas
Available from: 2013-08-03 Created: 2013-08-03 Last updated: 2013-09-16Bibliographically approved

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