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HIV, Risky Behavior and Ethno-Linguistic Heterogeneity

Miron Tequame ()

No 1004, Working Papers from University of Namur, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the role of ethno-linguistic diversity on risky sexual behavior and HIV status of individuals. We compute three different measures of ethno-linguistic heterogeneity and show that ethno-linguistic heterogeneity is positively related to risky sexual behavior and HIV status of individuals. This effect, both on risky behavior and HIV status, is stronger for women than for men. Accordingly, we also find a positive association between ethno-linguistic heterogeneity and being in a discordant couple where the wife is HIV positive. Our findings have an implication for prevention policies as it identifies community level characteristics for implementing anti-HIV/AIDS policies.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; Risky Behavior; Ethno-Linguistic Diversity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 J14 O12 O20 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2010-03
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