Quotation Bennett, Daniel, Naqvi, Syed Ali Asjad, Schmidt, Wolf-Peter. 2015. Constraints on Compliance and the Impact of Health Information in Rural Pakistan. Health Economics May S. 1-17.




The provision of information, which is a common public health strategy, may be ineffective if recommendations are not privately optimal for message recipients. This paper evaluates the response to a hygiene information campaign in rural Pakistan. In a theoretical model, baseline hygiene and health proxy for preferences, prices, and wealth, which jointly moderate the impact of information. We show that people with good baseline hygiene and health respond differentially to the hygiene message. This result, which does not appear to arise through differential learning, suggests that practical constraints limit the adoption of hygiene recommendations. Information provision may exacerbate health inequality under these conditions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Health Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Constraints on Compliance and the Impact of Health Information in Rural Pakistan
Volume May
Year 2015
Page from 1
Page to 17
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hec.3193/abstract
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3193


Naqvi, Syed Ali Asjad (Details)
Bennett, Daniel (University of Chicago, United States/USA)
Schmidt, Wolf-Peter (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
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