Madrigal-Ballestero, Róger, Alpízar, Francisco and Schlüter, Achim (2013) Public perceptions of the performance of community-based drinking water organizations in Costa Rica. Water Resources and Rural Development, 1-2 . pp. 43-56. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wrr.2013.10.001.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the underlying factors affecting people’s satisfaction with drinking water provided by community-based organizations in rural Costa Rica. These organizations provide water to more than 60% of the country’s rural population, but there is great disparity in the quality of water provided. Using a Generalized Ordered Logit regression and data from 41 villages, we studied how characteristics of the water supply infrastructure, the governance structure, and the attributes of local people affect consumers’ perception of water quality at home. We found that size of the infrastructure, downward accountability mechanisms, public disclosure of information, demand responsiveness, as well as the human capital of the members of the local water committee, are the main predictors of the capacity of local organizations to satisfy consumer’s preferences on water quality in rural settings.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wrr.2013.10.001
ISSN: 22126082
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 15:13
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/2668

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