Happiness on tap: Piped water adoption in urban Morocco

Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, William Parienté, Vincent Pons

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Connecting private dwellings to the water main is expensive and typically cannot be publicly financed. We show that households' willingness to pay for a private connection is high when it can be purchased on credit, not because a connection improves health but because it increases the time available for leisure and reduces interand intra-household conflicts on water matters, leading to sustained improvements in well-being. Our results suggest that facilitating access to credit for households to finance lump sum quality-oflife investments can significantly increase welfare, even if those investments do not result in any health or income gains. (JEL D12, I31, O12, O13, O18, Q25).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-99
Number of pages32
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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