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Does female education prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa?


  • Robert Brent


Cross-section estimates of 31 countries for the year 2000 are used to examine the effect of the level of female education, and the gap between male and female levels, on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many standard types of education are analysed and a non-standard category involving under- and over-aged primary school enrollees are identified. Although it is found that female education is positively related to country infection rates, there is scope to reduce infection rates by substituting one type of education for another. It is estimated that female infection rates peak within 15-17 years of the first case reported.

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  • Robert Brent, 2006. "Does female education prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(5), pages 491-503.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:38:y:2006:i:5:p:491-503
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500392045

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    1. Pedro de Araujo & Margaux Miller, 2014. "Women's Health Knowledge, Sexual Empowerment, and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(3), pages 1875-1890.
    2. José Cuesta, 2008. "Does a Mature AIDS Epidemic Threaten Growth?," Research Department Publications 4567, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    3. José A. Cuesta, 2008. "Does a mature AIDS epidemic threaten growth?," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 1613, Inter-American Development Bank.
    4. Robert J. Brent, 2010. "Setting Priorities for HIV/AIDS Interventions," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 12742, April.

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