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Premium sex: Factors influencing the negotiated price of unprotected sex by female sex workers in Mexico


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    This paper examines economic, sociocultural, and behavioral risk factors that influence the compensating price difference (premium paid) between sex with and without a condom for female sex workers (FSWs) in U.S.-Mexico border cities. Field data collected in Ciudad Juarez on the price of sex with and without a condom for the same FSW respondent allowed calculation of the price premium for unprotected sex based on these paired prices, holding unobservable characteristics constant. A Tobit model was used to identify the factors determining the price premium. Key predictors of a larger price premium for sex without a condom included: length of time as a FSW; number of male clients; and participation in HIV education. Key predictors of a decrease in the price premium for unprotected sex included: age; a bad financial situation; frequent alcohol consumption before or during sex; and frequent drug use before or during sex.

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    Article provided by Universidad del CEMA in its journal Journal of Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): XIII (2010)
    Issue (Month): (May)
    Pages: 67-90

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    Handle: RePEc:cem:jaecon:v:13:y:2010:n:1:p:67-90

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    Keywords: prostitution; sex work; HIV/STI; sex price premiums; border health;

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    1. Serieux, John E. & Munthali, Spy & Sepehri, Ardeshir & White, Robert, 2012. "The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on HIV and AIDS Programs in a High Prevalence Country: The Case of Malawi," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 501-515.
    2. Chang, Hung-Hao & Weng, Yungho, 2012. "What is more important for prostitute price? Physical appearance or risky sex behavior?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 480-483.


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