Commitment Mechanisms and Compliance with Health-protecting Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from Orissa (India)
In this paper, we present results which are part of a larger study carried out in five districts of the
eastern Indian state of Orissa, where endemic malaria represents one of the most serious public
health concerns. One of the study’s objectives, designed in collaboration with the micro-lender
Bharat Integrated Social Welfare Agency (BISWA), was to evaluate the possibility of using
specifically-designed consumer loan contracts to increase ITN ownership and retreatment rates.