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What is more important for prostitute price? Physical appearance or risky sex behavior?

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  • Chang, Hung-Hao
  • Weng, Yungho

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Using a unique random survey of prostitutes in Taipei city of Taiwan, this study investigates the association between obesity, condom use and prostitutes’ price. Results show that overweight prostitutes charge less for their services. However, prostitutes charge more for performing risky sex regardless of the weight status. By further looking at weight and height, we found that the price of prostitutes is only associated with weight.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 480-483

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:480-483

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Keywords: Obesity; Risky sex; Prostitute price; Taiwan;

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  1. S. Baert & L. Decuypere, 2013. "Better sexy than flexy? A lab experiment assessing the impact of perceived attractiveness and personality traits on hiring decisions," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 13/868, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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