How Beliefs About HIV Status affect Risky Behaviors: Evidence From Malawi, Second Version
AbstractThis paper examines how beliefs about own HIV status affect sexual behavior. Risky behavior is measured as the propensity to engage in extramarital affairs or not use condoms. The empirical analysis is based on 2004 and 2006 data from the Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project. Controlling for endogeneity between beliefs and risk-taking, we find that downward revisions in the belief of being HIV positive lead to a lower propensity to engage in extramarital affairs but have no effect on condom use. We show that the estimates provide a lower bound when there is measurement error in reported extra-marital affairs.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 08-041.
Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: 03 Oct 2008
Date of revision: 02 Dec 2008
Beliefs; AIDS; Malawi;
Other versions of this item:
- Aureo de Paula & Gil Shapira & Petra E. Todd, 2009. "How Beliefs about HIV Status Affect Risky Behaviors: Evidence from Malawi, Second Version," PIER Working Paper Archive 10-004, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, revised 27 Jan 2010.
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