Social capital and hygiene practices among the extreme poor in rural Bangladesh

Bakshi, Rejaul K., Mallick, Debdulal and Ulubaşoğlu, Mehmet A. 2015, Social capital and hygiene practices among the extreme poor in rural Bangladesh, Journal of development studies, vol. 51, no. 12, pp. 1603-1618, doi: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1068291.

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Title Social capital and hygiene practices among the extreme poor in rural Bangladesh
Author(s) Bakshi, Rejaul K.
Mallick, DebdulalORCID iD for Mallick, Debdulal
Ulubaşoğlu, Mehmet A.ORCID iD for Ulubaşoğlu, Mehmet A.
Journal name Journal of development studies
Volume number 51
Issue number 12
Start page 1603
End page 1618
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09-11
ISSN 0022-0388
Summary We investigate the effect of social capital on hygiene practices pertaining to lives of the extreme poor in rural Bangladesh. Analysing a unique survey dataset for 5,600 extreme poor households, we document a significant positive effect of social capital on sanitary latrine use and wearing shoes/sandals at home for hygiene. We account for the endogeneity of social capital by instrumental variable estimation. Our findings emphasise the role of social capital in preventing common diseases through improving hygiene practices for the extreme poor, who usually lack access to medical services in the event of illness, which has important policy implications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00220388.2015.1068291
Field of Research 14 Economics
16 Studies In Human Society
140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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