Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63101
Authors: 
Della Giusta, Marina
Di Tommaso, Maria Laura
Strøm, Steinar
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2005,27
Abstract: 
This paper presents an economic model of prostitution, which differs from the existing literature in that it makes no restrictive assumptions regarding the gender, pay, and nature of forgone earning opportunities of prostitutes and clients, and applies the same behavioural hypotheses to both. Our model gives a central role to stigma and reputation effects for both clients and prostitutes. We discuss demand, supply, and equilibrium results, indicating the possible effects of different policies on the industry and its different markets.
Subjects: 
Prostitution
Gender
Labour supply and demand
Reputation
JEL: 
J16
J22
J23
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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