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Johanna Choumert, N. Eric Kéré and Amandine Loyal Laré-Dondarini
''A Multi-Level Housing Hedonic Analysis of Water and Sanitation Access''
( 2016, Vol. 36 No.2 )
Poor access to safe water and sanitation remains one of the most important development issues in Sub-Saharan African countries, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Development practitioners often cite the paradox of some projects where the improvement of the living conditions of populations –such as water and sanitation access– leads to increased housing prices, forcing the eviction of the poorest. In this context, the purpose of the present study is to examine, in the context of an African city, the impact of housing characteristics on housing values using the hedonic price method with a focus on water and sanitation. Using primary data collected in Togo, we show that households pay a premium for these essential amenities. Such results call for further analysis in African countries to investigate the impact of basic infrastructures on populations through housing markets.
Keywords: Africa, hedonic price, multi-level model, variance components model, water, sanitation
JEL: R2 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics: Household Analysis: General
Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics: General
Manuscript Received : Jan 18 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 11 2016

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