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Prostitution services: an exploratory empirical analysis


  • Samuel Cameron
  • Alan Collins
  • Neill Thew


This study provides an empirical analysis of the market for some male prostitution services in the UK. Flexible working hours, part-time working, and multiple job holding are considered as important labour market characteristics in this service sector. Statistical models helping explain the provision of a deviant and a more mainstream sexual service is reported, utilizing cross-section data drawn from individual prostitute advertisements. The significance of various declared intrinsic endowments of the prostitutes are examined in relation to the offer of these services, including age, ethnicity, physique, and masculine demeanour.

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  • Samuel Cameron & Alan Collins & Neill Thew, 1999. "Prostitution services: an exploratory empirical analysis," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(12), pages 1523-1529.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:31:y:1999:i:12:p:1523-1529
    DOI: 10.1080/000368499323049

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    1. Francesca Bettio & Marina Della Giusta & Maria Laura Di Tommaso & Sarah Jewell, 2016. "Stigmatising Prostitution: Some Evidence from the UK," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2016-13, Henley Business School, Reading University.
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    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J49 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Other
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior


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