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Another Theory of Prostitution

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  • Marina Della Giusta

    (Department of Economics, University of Reading)

  • Maria Laura Di Tommaso

    (University of Turin, Italy)

  • Steinar Strom

    (University of Oslo, Norway)

This paper presents a model of prostitution as an economic activity characterised by stigma, whose supply is based on the availability of other earning opportunities. On the basis of available empirical evidence and findings from other studies, we put forward a rigorous economic analysis of the industry and its different markets making no restrictive assumptions regarding the gender, pay and nature of forgone earning opportunities of the prostitute, and applying the same behavioural hypotheses to prostitutes and clients.

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Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series Economics & Management Discussion Papers with number em-dp2004-13.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: May 2004
Handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2004-13
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