SRI LANKAN  JOURNAL OF  AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Volume 9.  Number 1.  2007


Analysis of Public Choice on Environmental Health Management: The Case of Dengue Fever Control in Kandy District

K.S.D. Siriwardena and L.H.P. Gunaratne*

ABSTRACT

Dengue has become a major environmental health issue in Sri Lanka. Although many programmes have been implemented, yet a remarkable success has not been achieved mainly due to lack of cooperation from the public. In this study, the public choice on dengue control strategies was studied. The study was conducted in Kandy Municipality area, which has the highest risk of dengue in the Kandy district. A choice experiment was carried out with four environmental management attributes with three levels each. The attributes included were: improved cleaning, infrastructure provision, motivation of the public to continue control activities and willingness to pay for dengue control. A multinomial logit model (MNL) was estimated and the analysis revealed that people prefer improved cleaning by the neighbours in surroundings and provision of efficient water supply as effective strategies for dengue control. Furthermore, motivation strategies, which included larger spot fines, appeared to be important.


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The authors are, respectively, Temporary Assistant Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka..

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Siriwardena and Gunaratne 2007 Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. Volume 9 (1). Pp. 43 - 54

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