Attention and mitigation of disease: theory and evidence from Tanzania

Lim, Putthi Cheat (2020) Attention and mitigation of disease: theory and evidence from Tanzania. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis seeks to gain a deeper understanding of public good production in developmental settings. This thesis comprises of five chapters. The first chapter provides an introduction and a literature review to build a case for further studies in public good production in general and disease elimination as a public good.

Chapter 2 and 3 study two different public good production games. They both provide some insights into the understanding not only of rabies elimination, which is the focus of the experimental part of this thesis, but also on public good production in general. I then discuss policy implications from these results.

Chapter 4 provides a report on the result of a field experiment conducted in the Morogoro Rural District of Tanzania. We tested two interventions, namely mobile phone text messaging and religious/tribal leaders advertising in raising participation in rabies vaccination campaigns. Results from the experiment show no evidence that each intervention was effective on their own, but they were effective when implemented together. We also found suggestive evidence that operational changes, designed to ease participation, could potentially have a much larger positive impact on participation than the interventions. We then discuss some contextual factors that could explain these results. Chapter 5 concludes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Applied Game Theory, Field Experiment, Disease Control, Public Goods Game.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
T Technology > TX Home economics
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Supervisor's Name: Ghosal, Professor Sayantan and Hampson, Dr. Katie and Lembo, Dr. Tiziana
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Mr Putthi Cheat Lim
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81449
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 06:09
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 06:13
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/81449

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