Agricultural Economics Department


First Advisor

Christopher R. Gustafson

Second Advisor

Elizabeth VanWormer

Date of this Version

Summer 8-8-2016

Document Type



A thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Science

Major: Agricultural Economics

Under the supervision of Professors Christopher R. Gustafson and Elizabeth VanWormer

Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2016


Copyright 2016, Mazbahul G. Ahamad


Little is known about the factors affecting pastoralists’ livestock vaccination decisions. In this thesis, we use a novel survey-based dataset on pastoralists living in the Ruaha landscape in Tanzania, and employ several econometric approaches to identify the factors affecting pastoralists’ decision-making process about livestock vaccination when disease occurrence and severity, vaccination and healthcare access costs and other related variables are known. Results from binary choice models that account for excess zeros indicate that socially and economically active households are more likely to vaccinate their livestock. The results also identify positive marginal effects of illness incidence and having wage earners and in the household on vaccination decisions. The results from mixture models also find that these same variables significantly lower the pastoralist’s probability of not vaccinating their livestock. Most notably, increased vaccination cost significantly lowers the probability that pastoralists vaccinate any livestock, as well as the number of vaccinated livestock. These findings have important policy implications considering livestock health education, veterinary service infrastructure, and supply-side management.

Advisors: Christopher R. Gustafson and Elizabeth VanWormer.