Sexual Risk Taking among Young Adults in Cape Town - Effects of Expected Health and Income
AbstractThis paper empirically assesses links between expectations of future health and income on sexual risk taking on a sample of young adults in Cape Town, South Africa. An important contribution of the paper lies in combining a wide range of variables measuring risky sexual behavior such that the maximum information possible is extracted from, and adequate weights are attached to each measure, as opposed to previous studies that are based on individual measures or arbitrary aggregations. The findings indicate that expected income and health and future uncertainty are significant determinants of current patterns of sexual risk taking. From a policy perspective, the results suggest that reducing poverty and improving social insurance as well as reducing the taboo related to talking about HIV may constitute important issues to be addressed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 804.
Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 30 Apr 2010
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HIV/AIDS; Health risk; Risk aversion;
Other versions of this item:
- Mintewab Bezabih & Andrea Mannberg & Martine Visser, 2010. "Sexual Risk Taking Among Young Adults in Cape Town: Effects of Expected Health and Income," SALDRU Working Papers 43, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
- D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice and Growth - - - Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2010-05-08 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2010-05-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-05-08 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-DEV-2010-05-08 (Development)
- NEP-HEA-2010-05-08 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-05-08 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-NEU-2010-05-08 (Neuroeconomics)
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