No. 3 Gender and Preferences for Malaria Prevention in Tigray, Ethiopia
by Julian A. Lampietti, Christine Poulos, Maureen L. Cropper, Haile Mitiku, and Dale Whittington

This paper examines how demand for preventive health care differs depending on whose preferences in the household are assessed. The analysis indicates that married women are willing to pay more to prevent malaria in their household malaria than married men. There are, however, no significant differences in the rate at which male and female respondents substitute teenagers and children for adults when choosing an optimal amount of malaria prevention for their household. A new test of the ‘common preference’ hypothesis is presented.

This paper is part of a series of papers on selected topics commissioned for the forthcoming Policy Research Report on Gender and Development.  The PRR is being carried out by Elizabeth King and Andrew Mason and co-sponsored by the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group and the Gender and Development Group of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network. Printed copies of this paper are available free from the World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433. Please contact Owen Haaga, in room MC8-434 or at . Comments are welcome and should be sent directly to the author(s) at

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