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Does Clean Water Make You Dirty?: Water Supply and Sanitation in the Philippines

Does Clean Water Make You Dirty?: Water Supply and Sanitation in the Philippines Water supply investments in developing countries may inadvertently worsen sanitation if clean water and sanitation are substitutes. This paper examines the negative correlation between the provision of piped water and household sanitary behavior in Cebu, the Philippines. In a model of household sanitation, a local externality leads to a sanitation complementarity that magnifies the compensatory response. Empirical results are consistent with the hypotheses that clean water and sanitation are substitutes and that neighbors' sanitation levels are complements. In this situation, clean water may have large unintended consequences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Does Clean Water Make You Dirty?: Water Supply and Sanitation in the Philippines

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 47 (1) – Jan 24, 2012

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University of Wisconsin Press
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1548-8004

Abstract

Water supply investments in developing countries may inadvertently worsen sanitation if clean water and sanitation are substitutes. This paper examines the negative correlation between the provision of piped water and household sanitary behavior in Cebu, the Philippines. In a model of household sanitation, a local externality leads to a sanitation complementarity that magnifies the compensatory response. Empirical results are consistent with the hypotheses that clean water and sanitation are substitutes and that neighbors' sanitation levels are complements. In this situation, clean water may have large unintended consequences.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jan 24, 2012

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