Client:     The World Bank

Time:       07 – 09/2018

Overview: Experimental research on willingness to pay for water has focused on point-of-use or point-of-collection water treatment and has found valuations of water quality well below the cost of the technology itself (Kremer et al., 2010; Null 2012). Given the difficulties encountered with random assignment of infrastructure there is little experimental evidence to date on household willingness to pay for piped water. Water pricing policies that are attentive to both levels of public spending and household willingness to pay will help to ensure sustainability of water supply schemes. The evidence from this study will have global relevance for regions and countries seeking cost-effective and sustainable solutions to rural water supply, particularly in contexts of arsenic contaminated groundwater.

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