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Incentivizing Safer Sexual Behavior: Evidence from a Lottery Experiment on HIV Prevention

Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Lucia Corno (), Damien de Walque () and Jakob Svensson

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2018, vol. 10, issue 3, 287-314

Abstract: We investigate the effect of a financial lottery program in Lesotho with relatively low expected payments but a chance to win a high prize conditional on negative test results for sexually transmitted infections. The intervention resulted in a 21.4 percent reduction in HIV incidence over two years. Lottery incentives appear to be particularly effective in targeting individuals with ex ante risky sexual behavior, consistent with the hypothesis that lotteries are more valued by individuals willing to take risks.

JEL-codes: I12 I18 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20160469
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