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Laws and Stigma: the Case of Prostitution

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We study the opinions on prostitution that emerged from the World Value Survey. We show that individuals tends to justify prostitution more in countries where it is legal or regulated and less in countries where it is prohibited, even after controlling for religious, cultural and sociological factors. To overcome the endogeneity of the policy to the opinions, we propose an instrumental variable strategy, instrumenting prostitution policy with legal origins. At least for the case of prostitution, policies seem to affect opinions.

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  • Giovanni Immordino & Francesco Flaviano Russo, 2015. "Laws and Stigma: the Case of Prostitution," CSEF Working Papers 388, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    1. Seo-Young Cho, 2016. "Liberal coercion? Prostitution, human trafficking and policy," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 321-348, April.

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    Keywords

    Prostitution; Stigma; Law; Gender;

    JEL classification:

    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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