Increasing Anti-Malaria Bednets Uptake Using Information and Distribution Strategies

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2015-03

28 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2015

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Jacopo Bonan

Polytechnic University of Milan - Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Students; RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

Philippe LeMay-Boucher

Heriot-Watt University

Douglas Scott

University of Nottingham

Michel Tenikué

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Date Written: March 2015

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of information on malaria and of distribution strategies on the demand for anti-malaria bednets. We use a randomized experiment in the city of Thies in Senegal. We offer two orthogonal treatments to a random sample of households. The first is a sale treatment and consists of (1) an offer to purchase on the spot a bednet at a subsidized price or (2) an offer to purchase a bednet at the same subsidized price with a voucher valid for 7 days. The second is an information treatment that consists of a ten-minute information session on malaria related issues. We find that information has no significant effect on the demand of bednets and that, receiving a voucher increases purchasing by 20%. Our results suggest that selling bednets at a subsidized prize allowing for some flexibility with a short period of seven days increases purchase compared to the on-the-spot sale approach.

Keywords: bednet, information, malaria, prevention

Suggested Citation

Bonan, Jacopo and LeMay-Boucher, Philippe and Scott, Douglas and Tenikué, Michel, Increasing Anti-Malaria Bednets Uptake Using Information and Distribution Strategies (March 2015). Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2015-03 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2694605

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