Explaining non-take-up of water subsidy

Momi Dahan*, Udi Nisan

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We use two separate quasi-natural experiments to explore the relative importance of information and administrative costs in explaining non-take-up of water subsidy. The first "experiment" shows that the take-up rate of a household with lower administrative costs is not significantly different from otherwise identical households. In contrast, using the same program, the second "experiment" reveals that the take-up rate of a household that is more likely to be informed is substantially higher compared to otherwise identical households. These findings support the idea that information plays a major role in explaining non-take-up of water subsidy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1174-1196
Number of pages23
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011

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  • Administrative costs
  • Information costs
  • Take-up
  • Water subsidy


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