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Unsafe Sex in the City: Risk Pricing in the London Area

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  • Muravyev, Alexander

    () (Higher School of Economics)

  • Talavera, Oleksandr

    () (Swansea University)

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This paper studies the incidence, determinants and pricing of unprotected oral sex in the London sex services market. The analysis is based upon matched sex worker-client panel data, which were collected from "field reports" on PunterNet.com website over the 1999-2009 time period. We find a steady increase in the incidence of unprotected oral sex during this period, rising from less than 20% to over 50% of all transactions. We show that the average premium for unprotected oral sex amounts to about 10-14% of the transaction price, and that this premium is higher if a sex worker has agency affiliation. Agency affiliated sex workers are also less likely to engage in unprotected oral sex compared to independent sex workers.

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  • Muravyev, Alexander & Talavera, Oleksandr, 2018. "Unsafe Sex in the City: Risk Pricing in the London Area," IZA Discussion Papers 11390, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    prostitution; unsafe sex; sex agencies; United Kingdom;

    JEL classification:

    • J46 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Informal Labor Market
    • J48 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Particular Labor Markets; Public Policy
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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