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Perception of Health Risk and Averting Behavior: An Analysis of Household Water Consumption in Southwest Sri Lanka

Nauges, Céline and Van Den Berg, Caroline (2009) Perception of Health Risk and Averting Behavior: An Analysis of Household Water Consumption in Southwest Sri Lanka. TSE Working Paper, n. 09-139

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Abstract

Using household data from surveys made in Sri Lanka, we provide original results regarding i) factors driving the perception of risk related to water consumption and ii) the role of perceived risk on household’s decision to treat water before drinking it. First, we find evidence that water aesthetic attributes (taste, smell, and color), household’s education and information about hygiene practices drive household’s assessment of safety risk. Second, we show that a higher perceived risk increases the probability that households boil or filter water before drinking it.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: water consumption, risk perception, averting behavior
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:01
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 23:00
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:22256
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/3299

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