[gov3009-l] Applied Stats 10/29

Dana Higgins danahiggins at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Oct 27 10:00:14 EDT 2014


Hi everyone!

At the applied statistics workshop this week (Wednesday, October 29th) we
have *Maggie McConnell, *a professor at the Harvard School of Public
Health.  She will present work entitled *To Charge or Not to Charge:
Evidence from a Health Products Experiment in Uganda.  *Please find the
abstract below as well as on the website (here
<http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied.stats.workshop-gov3009/presentations/presenter-margaret-mcconnell-charge-or-not-charge>
).

As usual, we will meet in CGIS Knafel Room 354 from 12-1:30 pm.  Lunch will
be provided.  See you there!

-- Dana Higgins



*Title: *To Charge or Not to Charge: Evidence from a Health Products
Experiment in Uganda

*Abstract:* In a field experiment in Uganda, we find that demand after a
free distribution of three health products is lower than after a sale
distribution. This contrasts with earlier work on insecticide-treated
bednets, highlighting the importance of considering product characteristics
in determining pricing policy. We put forward a model to illustrate the
potential tension between two important factors, learning and anchoring,
and then test this model with three products selected specifically for
their variation in the scope for learning. We find the rank order of shifts
in demand matches with the theoretical prediction, although differences are
not statistically significant across all products.
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