Bed Net Datapoint of the Day

From Vivian

Hoffmann of Cornell University, via Tom Foster:

This paper reports results from a field experiment in Uganda. Whether a mosquito

net was purchased or received for free affected who within the household used

the net. Free nets were more likely to be allocated to those members of the

household most vulnerable to malaria, whereas purchased nets tended to be

used by the household’s main income earners. The effect was strongest for

free nets received by the mother, increasing the probability that all children

five and younger slept under nets by 26 percent relative to when nets had

been purchased by either parent or given to the father.

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