WASH Economics Conference, 30-31 March 2023

LSHTM and IFS are organising a new academic conference focused on WASH economics on 30-31 March, 2023. It will be hybrid, both in-person at LSHTM in London and streamed on Zoom. Attendance is free.

Online registration remains open here until midday UK on Weds 29th March – the Zoom webinar links will be shared with registered attendees. In-person registration is closed since 27 Feb.

The programme is here.

If you cannot join but wish to remain updated about this year’s conference and future editions, please join the mailing list here.

A link to a booklet containing full abstracts is below. We will start at 10:00 UK time on 30th and end at 16:30 on 31st. The keynote speaker is Prof. Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University). A list of frequently asked questions is below the table of abstracts. For any questions not covered please contact: ian [dot] ross [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk and britta_a [at] ifs [dot] org [dot] uk.

Accepted abstracts

The booklet of full accepted abstracts is here.

Presenting authorCo-authorsPaper title
Anna Tompsett (Stockholm University)Md. Ahasan Habib (KTH Royal Institute for Technology), Malgosia Madajewicz (Columbia University)(no PDF) When does community participation in decision-making improve outcomes? Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh
Britta Augsburg (IFS)Maitreesh Ghatak (LSE), Sara Giunti (University of Milano-Bicocca), Bansi Malde (University of Kent)(TBC) Timing it right – Unintended consequences of information provision in a sanitation programme
Daniel Bennett (University of Southern California)Manuela Angelucci (University of Texas at Austin)(PDF) Depression and the Demand for a Novel Health Product
David Fuente (University of South Carolina)Joseph Cook (Washington State University) Richard Mulwa (University of Nairobi)(PDF) Out of sight out of mind: Household perceptions of “fair” water prices in Nairobi, Kenya
Dongqin Wang (Osaka University)Eddy Weijian Zou (IFS)(no PDF) How do Water and Sanitation Programs Affect Child Development: New Evidence from Rural China
Barbara Evans (University of Leeds)Fiona Zakaria (University of Leeds)(PDF) The cost of manual and mechanical emptying and transport of faecal sludge from on-site sanitation facilities
Florence Mwikali (Fresh Life)Ruthie Rosenberg (Fresh Life), Lauren Haroff (Fresh Life), Dennis Gichimu (Fresh Life), John Trimmer (Aquaya), Rachel Peletz (Aquaya)(TBC) Closing the Loop: Learning from Discrepancy Between Stated and Demonstrated Willingness to Pay for Container-Based Sanitation Services in Kisumu, Kenya
Ian Ross (LSHTM)Ho Hei Cheung (LSHTM), Zaida Adriano (WE Consult), Bismark Dwumfour-Asare (AAMUSTED), James B. Tidwell (World Vision), Kwabena B. Nyarko (KNUST), Pippa Scott (WaterAid), Rassul Nala (INS), Joe Brown (UNC), Oliver Cumming (LSHTM), (no PDF) Validity of a visual analogue scale to measure and value perceived level of sanitation – evidence from Ghana and Mozambique
Joseph Cook (Washington State University)Jane Kabubo-Mariara (Partnership for Economic Policy) Peter Kimuyu (Commission on Revenue Allocation)(PDF) The short-run impacts of reducing water collection times on time use, well-being and education in rural Kenya
Kazuki Motohashi (Tufts University)n/a(PDF) Extreme Temperature May Improve Health: Persistent Improved Sanitation Behaviors as Adaptation in India
Lucia Luzi (World Bank)Claire Chase (World Bank), Amjad Muhammad Khan (World Bank)(no PDF) Upstream Investments: WASH Access and Children’s Human Capital Outcomes in Nigeria
Habiba Djebbari (AMSE)Maria Laura Alzua (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), Juan Camilo Cardenas (Universidad de los Andes)(no PDF) Effective Community Mobilization: Evidence from Mali
Mariam Zaqout (University of Leeds)Barbara Evans (University of Leeds), Anna Mdee (University of Leeds), Dani Barrington (University of Western Australia)(no PDF) The institutional economics of sanitation: exploratory study of stakeholder incentives in delivering sanitation
Mark Radin (University of North Carolina)Caroline Delaire (Aquaya), Joyce Kisiangani (Aquaya), Rachel Peletz (Aquaya), John Trimmer (Aquaya), Jeff Albert (Aquaya), Ranjiv Khush (Aquaya)(PDF) Willingness to Pay to Enforce Fines to Prevent Open Defecation
Mohammed Yaw Swalisu (University of Kent)n/a(PDF) Intra-household bargaining power and household sanitation: Evidence from kin groups in Ghana
Molly Lipscomb (University of Virginia)Terence Johnson (University of Virginia)(PDF) Pricing People into the Market: Targeting through Price Discrimination
Paul Gertler (UC Berkeley)Adrian Coville (World Bank), Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland), Susumu Yoshida (World Bank)(PDF) Financing Municipal Water and Sanitation Services in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements
Subhrendu Pattanayak (Duke University)Jie-Sheng Tan-Soo (National University of Singapore)
(PDF) Opening the ‘black-box’ of community-driven water and sanitation: Curious case of Jalswarajya in India


What counts as “economics”?

We provided a definition of WASH economics in the call for abstracts PDF (here). Plenty of WASH research by non-economists fits within this definition.

When will I have to submit the full paper, and who will see it?

Authors of accepted papers (see list above) will need to share a PDF of the full paper with the discussant we identify by 10th March, to enable them to prepare their talking points. It will also be shared with registered conference attendees soon after, to facilitate well-informed discussion. However, your PDF will not be posted online or made more widely available unless you wish it to be, and this does not constitute “prior publication” in any case. It is acceptable to have bullet points in results/discussion sections as long as key tables and figures are present. It is acceptable for there to be changes between the submitted version and what is presented on 30-31 March.

Who is funding the conference to make attendance free?

The venue is provided by LSHTM, the food by IFS, scholarships and other funding by RES, and further scholarships by the Asian Development Bank Institute.

How will online participation work?

Online participation will be via Zoom webinar. Both presenters and discussants may join remotely.

Do authors have to be academics?

No. We welcome submissions from non-academics, but they should be academic in nature, e.g. address a specific research question, presents new results or theory, etc.

Can I get funding to attend?

Support from RES and ADBI has enabled 4 people to attend. All scholarships have now been allocated and no other funding is available to facilitate in-person attendance.