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Shame on you, John! Laws, stigmatization, and the demand for sex

Andreas Kotsadam () and Niklas Jakobsson ()

European Journal of Law and Economics, 2014, vol. 37, issue 3, 393-404

Abstract: The present article contributes to the literature on prostitution by shedding light on the effects of the criminalization of buying sex on the amount of prostitution bought, as well as on the proposed theoretical mechanisms underlying this change. We find indications that criminalizing the buying of sex may decrease the quantity of sex bought. While we find that stigma influences the demand for sex, we do not find that stigma increases as a result of the law. Therefore, the possible reduced quantity of sex bought is probably due to the more direct risk of getting caught. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

Keywords: Gender; Law; Norm; Prostitution; Reputation; Sex; Stigma; J16; J22; J23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s10657-012-9339-y

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