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date: 20 October 2021

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Although commercial sex transactions related to men who have sex with men have particular importance for HIV/AIDS prevention, the economic literature analyzing male sex workers is limited. A handful of studies have been published, first with descriptive analyses of specific markets and more recently taking advantage of Internet resources and larger surveys. The theoretical economic models have not yet been fully customized to fit all the nuance and specificity of this particular trade. This chapter gives a general overview of economic models relevant for the analysis of male-sex-worker transactions; it then presents a summary of relevant themes in the economics literature, with additional insights from other social sciences, and concludes with suggestions for future research, particularly combining psychosocial issues in the framework of behavioral and health economics.

Keywords: male sex workers, economic models, behavioral economics, risk premium, HIV risk, sexually transmitted infections

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