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The Role of Marriage in Fighting HIV: A Quantitative Illustration for Malawi

Jeremy Greenwood, Philipp Kircher, Cezar Santos () and Michele Tertilt ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 158-62

Abstract: How might policies that promote marriage and/or dissuade divorce help in the fight against HIV/AIDS? This question is addressed employing a choice-theoretic general equilibrium search model, using Malawi as a case study. In the framework developed, individuals can choose between married and single life. A single person can select among abstinence and sex with or without a condom. The results suggest that marriage-friendly policies can help to abate HIV/AIDS. The policy predictions that obtain from general equilibrium analysis are compared with those that arise from simulated synthetic field experiments and epidemiological studies.

JEL-codes: I12 I18 J12 J16 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171056
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