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

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KSD Siriwardena ,

Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, LK
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LHP Gunaratne

Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, LK
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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.

Keywords: Dengue fever; environmental management; choice experiment; public choice

DOI: 10.4038/sjae.v9i0.1832

Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 9, 2007 pp.43-54

How to Cite: Siriwardena, K. & Gunaratne, L., (2010). Analysis of Public Choice on Environmental Health Management: The Case of Dengue Fever Control in Kandy District. Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. 9, pp.43–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sjae.v9i0.1832
Published on 20 Apr 2010.
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