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Retraction of: "Prostitution and Violence: Evidence from Sweden"

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  • Perrotta Berlin, Maria

    (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)

  • Spagnolo, Giancarlo

    (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)

  • Immordino, Giovanni

    (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)

  • F. Russo, Francesco

    (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)

Abstract

The Swedish prostitution law criminalizes sex buyers but not sellers and is praised for significantly reducing street prostitution while protecting sex workers. As a consequence, this “Nordic model” is rapidly spreading around the world. However, a rigorous evaluation of the effects of this legislation on sex market participants and society at large is still missing. We document an increase in violence against women following the introduction of this law, mostly ascribable to domestic violence rather than violence towards sex workers. We propose a model that rationalizes our findings and simulates the effects of alternative policies. The results also suggest that the freeze of prostitution markets may have been one determinant of the surge in domestic violence observed during the Covid-19 crisis.

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  • Perrotta Berlin, Maria & Spagnolo, Giancarlo & Immordino, Giovanni & F. Russo, Francesco, 2019. "Retraction of: "Prostitution and Violence: Evidence from Sweden"," SITE Working Paper Series 52, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, revised 27 Jun 2023.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:hasite:0052
    Note: Retraction of: Prostitution and Violence. Evidence from Sweden SITE Working Paper N. 52, April 2019 Published: 27 June 2023 This is a retraction of: Maria Perrotta Berlin, Giovanni Immordino, Francesco F. Russo, Giancarlo Spagnolo, Prostitution and Violence. Evidence from Sweden, SITE Working Paper N. 52 , April 2019. The authors and editorial team are retracting this article because they found an inadvertent coding error, as a result of which results cannot be replicated.
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    Keywords

    Prostitution; Regulation; Prohibition; Laissez-faire; Violence;
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    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality

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