Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119449
Authors: 
Cho, Seo-Young
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 21-2015
Abstract: 
This paper investigates empirically whether prostitution reduces sex crimes. Theoretical predictions suggest two contradicting effects: substituting or complementing. By using survey data of sex offenders in Korea, I find that prostitution increases the probability of committing sex crimes. Also, the experience of buying sex with a minor exacerbates the severity of sex crimes. These results indicate that prostitution intensifies one's propensities for more violent sexual behaviors, suggesting a complementary relationship between prostitution and sex crimes. The main findings do not alter after accounting for the endogeneity of the model by applying an exogenous instrument - the location of red-light districts.
Subjects: 
sex crime
prostitution
complementary effects
substitution effects
risky sexual behaviors
JEL: 
D01
J16
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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