NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
ERIC Number: EJ697175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Pages: 33
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-3808
Risky Business: The Market for Unprotected Commercial Sex.
Gertler, Paul; Shah, Manisha; Bertozzi, Stefano M.
Journal of Political Economy, v113 n3 p518 Jun 2005
While condoms are an effective defense against the transmission of HIV, large numbers of sex workers are not using them. We argue that some sex workers are willing to take the risk because clients are willing to pay more to avoid using condoms. Using data from Mexico, we estimate that sex workers received a 23 percent premium for unprotected sex. The premium represents a value of one life year of between $14,760 and $51,832 or one to five times annual earnings. The premium jumped to 46 percent if the sex worker was considered very attractive, a measure of bargaining power.
University of Chicago Press, Journals Division, P.O. Box 37005, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 773-753-3347; Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico