RURAL WATER SOURCE CHOICE: A CHOICE EXPERIMENT FROM MERU, KENYA Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Blum, Annalise
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
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  • A stated preference choice experiment is used to investigate factors important to rural households when selecting a primary water source. In particular, the guiding research questions are: (1) how do rural Kenyans trade-off time and price when selecting a water source? (2) how do rural Kenyans value time spent collecting water? (3) how are household characteristics relevant to water source choice? The choice experiment was administered to 388 respondents in rural Kenya. Source price and collection time are important to respondents without an at-home source. Neither income nor education is found to affect sensitivity to source price. Valuation of time is estimated to be 37% of the local unskilled wage rate on average. This choice experiment illustrates a relatively simple method of identifying water source preferences of households that can be used in other locations, however there are challenges in collecting high quality preference data and analyzing the data.
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  • Whittington, Dale
  • Cook, Joseph
  • Characklis, Gregory
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  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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