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Kate Orkin

University of Oxford
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford, OX14JD
United Kingdom

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April 2019Can Simple Psychological Interventions Increase Preventive Health Investment?
with Johannes Haushofer, Anett John: w25731
Behavioral constraints may explain part of low demand for preventive health products. We test the effects of two light-touch psychological interventions on water chlorination and related health and economic outcomes using a randomized controlled trial among 3750 women in rural Kenya. One intervention encourages participants to visualize alternative realizations of the future; one builds participants' ability to make concrete plans to achieve goals. Both interventions include information on health benefits of chlorination. After twelve weeks, both interventions increase the share of households who chlorinate drinking water and reduce child diarrhea episodes. Analysis of mechanisms suggests both interventions increase self-efficacy – beliefs about one's ability to achieve desired outcomes – ...
 
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