Improving Water Services in Leon Nicaragua: Results from a Household Preferences Survey

By William Vásquez, Dina Franceschi and Emily Mandler.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The paper focuses on improving water services in developing countries through the implementation of household surveys to investigate individual needs and concerns of the current system. Existing policies are not recognizing household preferences and the need for updated services through a variety of sources. This research project focuses on how household surveys can be used to uncover household preferences and thus inform and improve policy design in third world areas.

Keywords: Household Surveys, Water Services, Water Policy, Citizen Satisfaction, Averting Behavior, Willingness to Pay, Contingent Valuation, Nicaragua

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.145-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 598.309KB).

Dr. William Vásquez

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA

William F. Vásquez is an assistant professor at Fairfield University specializing in economic development of Latin America. He has also worked as a consultant for the International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (ICEFI). Currently, his research projects focus on the provision of public services such as drinking water, sanitation, education, health care, and agricultural services. His research has been published in several academic and policy journals. Dr. Vásquez has implemented household and community surveys in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Dr. Dina Franceschi

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA

Professor Franceschi has worked in Latin America for about 10 years on various environmental economics project. Her earlier work focused on deforestation and development in Brazil. Her more recent work focuses on water services provision with both public policy and urban applications as well as environmental services implications in more rural locations. The water project is a multi year, multi country study beginning in Nicaragua.

Emily Mandler

Student, Economics, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Fairfield, USA

Emily Mandler an international business and economics major participated in the in-country survey in Leon in June 2009. She and her peers provided supervision to the survey implementation, data input and analysis and post survey assessment.

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