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date: 20 October 2021

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The goal of this chapter is to propose a simple mathematical framework to study the effects of different prostitution policies on the total quantity of prostitution exchanged in a market equilibrium and on its price. We consider policies both within legal regimes that make prostitution illegal, focusing on enforcement and fines, and within regimes that make prostitution legal, focusing on taxation, entry restrictions and harm reduction. We also provide several historical and actual examples of such policies.

Keywords: prostitution, public intervention

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