Marina Della Giusta
Whoís watching? The market for prostitution services
(), Maria Laura Di Tommaso
() and Steinar StrÝm
Abstract: This paper presents an economic model of prostitution,
which differs from the existing literature in that it makes no restrictive
assumptions regarding the gender, pay, and nature of forgone earning
opportunities of prostitutes and clients, and applies the same behavioural
hypotheses to both. Our model gives a central role to stigma and reputation
effects for both clients and prostitutes. We discuss demand, supply, and
equilibrium results, indicating the possible effects of different policies
on the industry and its different markets.
Keywords: Prostitution; Gender; Labour supply and demand; Reputation.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J16; J22; J23; J24; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, November 14, 2005
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