Public Mosquito Abatement : A Cluster Randomized Experiment

Mosquito abatement is a public good. A simultaneous model of mosquito abundance and abatement response is developed. This paper uses data from a cluster randomized controlled experiment conducted over the period 2012-2014 in urban areas of Reunion in France to study the impact of WHO-recommended mechanical elimination techniques, which involve removing sources of stagnant water around the house, on a number of outcomes, including objective entomological indices and self-declared protective behaviors. Empirical results document that households reduce their protective behavior in response to public control. This study holds implications for arboviral disease control, including Zika control.

Dumont, Y., and Thuilliez, J. (2017) "Public Mosquito Abatement : A Cluster Randomized Experiment", World Bank, Policy Research Working Papers, WPS7980.