Likelihood of adoption of arsenic-mitigation technologies under perceived risks to health, income, and social discrimination to arsenic contamination

S. K. Singh, R. W. Taylor

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Abstract

This study aims to assess the likelihood of adoption of arsenic-mitigation technologies under perceived risks in an Indian rural region that confronts severe and chronic groundwater arsenic contamination. A total of 340 households were surveyed in three arsenic-affected villages of Bihar, India. The average population perceives greater health risks and economic risks to arsenic-contaminated groundwater than social discrimination risk, therefore, are willing to adopt arsenic-mitigation technologies. Caste, education, income, sanitation practices, people’s prioritization of socio-environmental problems, arsenic awareness, and social capital, were the strongest predictors of perceived economic risk. The same variables as above (with the exception of income, sanitation practices, and social capital) with additional factors like agricultural landholdings, and social trust, were the strongest predictors of perceived health risks. However, in the case of perceived social discrimination risk, the respondents’ agricultural landholdings, people’s prioritization of social problems, arsenic awareness, and social capital, were the strongest predictors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Arsenic in a ChangingWorld - 7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018
EditorsYong-Guan Zhu, Yong-Guan Zhu, Huaming Guo, Huaming Guo, Prosun Bhattacharya, Prosun Bhattacharya, Jochen Bundschuh, Arslan Ahmad, Arslan Ahmad, Arslan Ahmad, Ravi Naidu, Ravi Naidu
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages525-529
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781138486096
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018 - Beijing, China
Duration: 1 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Arsenic in a ChangingWorld - 7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018

Conference

Conference7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period1/07/186/07/18

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    Singh, S. K., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Likelihood of adoption of arsenic-mitigation technologies under perceived risks to health, income, and social discrimination to arsenic contamination. In Y-G. Zhu, Y-G. Zhu, H. Guo, H. Guo, P. Bhattacharya, P. Bhattacharya, J. Bundschuh, A. Ahmad, A. Ahmad, A. Ahmad, R. Naidu, & R. Naidu (Eds.), Environmental Arsenic in a ChangingWorld - 7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018 (pp. 525-529). (Environmental Arsenic in a ChangingWorld - 7th International Congress and Exhibition Arsenic in the Environment, 2018). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781351046633-208