Commitment Mechanisms and Compliance with Health-Protecting Behavior

Preliminary Evidence from Orissa, India

Published In: American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, v. 99, no. 2, May 2009, p. 231-235

by Alessandro Tarozzi, Aprajit Mahajan, Joanne K. Yoong, Brian Blackburn

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This paper presents results that are part of a larger study carried out in five districts of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, where endemic malaria represents one of the most serious public health concerns. One of the Study's objectives, designed in collaboration with the micro-lender Bharat Integrated Social Welfare Agency, was to evaluate the possibility of using specifically designed consumer loan contracts to increase ownership and retreatment rates for insecticide-treated bednets.

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