- Series Information
- The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution
- List of Contributors
- Examining the Role of Client Reviews and Reputation within Online Prostitution
- Economic Theories and Empirics on the Sex Market
- Sexual and Communication Networks of Internet-Mediated Prostitution
- Examining the Economics of Prostitution Using Online Data
- Affluent and Devout: Men Paying for Sex in the United Kingdom
- Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Legal Status on Versatility and Efficiency in Prostitution Markets
- Transactional Sex in Malawi
- Income, Income Shocks, and Transactional Sex
- Economics of Sex Work in Bangladesh
- The Details Are in the Fine Print: Sex Work, Sex Workers, and Definitional Complications of Identity
- The Economics of Male Sex Work
- Male Sex Workers: HIV Risk and Behavioral Economics
- Violence and Entry in Prostitution Markets: Implications for Prostitution Law
- Prostitution Policy
- A Method for Determining the Size of the Underground Cash Economy for Commercial Sex in Seven US Cities
- Nevada’s Regulated Brothels
- Canadian Prostitution Law: History and Market Impacts
- Sidewalk Queens: The Economics of Popular Prostitution in Fin-de-Siècle Paris
- Demographic Change, Prostitution, and Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates in China
- The Economics of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
- HIV/AIDS and Commercial Sex Work in the Developing World
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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.
G. Immordino is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
F. F. Russo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Naples Federico II Italy.
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