The Demand for Medical Male Circumcision
Susan Godlonton and
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2014, vol. 6, issue 2, 152-77
This paper measures the demand for adult medical male circumcision using an experiment that randomly offered varying-priced subsidies and comprehensive information to 1,600 uncircumcised men in urban Malawi. We find low demand for male circumcision: only 3 percent are circumcised over a three month period. Despite the low overall level of take-up, both price and information are significant determinants of circumcision. Still, the main barriers to male circumcision-cultural norms and fear of pain-are not affected by prices or information. Significant demand generation efforts are needed for this HIV prevention strategy to be effective.
JEL-codes: I11 I18 O15 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.6.2.152
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