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Unsafe Sex in the City: Risk Pricing in the London Area

Alexander Muravyev () and Oleksandr Talavera
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Alexander Muravyev: Higher School of Economics

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No 11390, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper studies the incidence, determinants and pricing of unprotected oral sex in the London sex services market. The analysis is based upon matched sex worker-client panel data, which were collected from "field reports" on PunterNet.com website over the 1999-2009 time period. We find a steady increase in the incidence of unprotected oral sex during this period, rising from less than 20% to over 50% of all transactions. We show that the average premium for unprotected oral sex amounts to about 10-14% of the transaction price, and that this premium is higher if a sex worker has agency affiliation. Agency affiliated sex workers are also less likely to engage in unprotected oral sex compared to independent sex workers.

Keywords: prostitution; unsafe sex; sex agencies; United Kingdom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J46 J48 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03
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Forthcoming in: Scottish journal of political economy, 2018

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