Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185403
Authors: 
Greenwood, Jeremy
Kircher, Philipp
Santos, Cezar
Tertilt, Michèle
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7205
Abstract: 
Twelve percent of the Malawian population is HIV infected. Eighteen percent of sexual encounters are casual. A condom is used a third of the time. To analyze the Malawian epidemic, a choice-theoretic general equilibrium search model is constructed. In the developed framework, people select between different sexual practices while knowing the inherent risk. The calibrated model is used to study several policy interventions. The analysis suggests that the efficacy of public policy depends upon the induced behavioral changes and equilibrium effects. The framework thus complements the insights provided by epidemiological studies and small-scale field experiments.
Subjects: 
ART
circumcision
condoms
disease transmission
epidemiological studies
HIV/AIDS
homo economicus
knowledge about HIV
Malawi
marriage
policy intervention
search
small field experiments
STDs
sex markets
JEL: 
I18
J12
O11
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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