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Water demand by unconnected households in urban districts of Rwanda
Institutionen för nationalekonomi, Göteborgs universitet; Department of Economics, University of Rwanda.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law. Institutionen för ekonomi, teknik och samhälle, Luleå tekniska universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2015 (English)In: Water Economics and Policy, ISSN 2382-6258, Vol. 1, no 1, 1450002Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we analyse water demand by urban households in Rwanda who currently lack a piped connection into their home. The analysis uses data from a cross-sectional survey. The results show that public taps are the most widely used water source and that the demand for water from this source is more inelastic than that for water from other water sources. Although some households combine different sources of water, the majority in the sample uses only one source. We use the full household income, including the value of the household’s time, and obtain results which indicate income elasticities higher than those obtained using monetary income only. The full cost associated with alternative water sources (including the opportunity cost of the time used) is shown to be important for determining the choice of source – something which has been overlooked in most previous studies.

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2015. Vol. 1, no 1, 1450002
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23572DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X14500027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23572DiVA: diva2:767618
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Swedish Research Council FormasSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2015-05-08Bibliographically approved

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