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Empirical and mathematically rigorous, this book provides a study of the economics of prostitution rather than focusing on the sociological and cultural themes. Using economic tools of analysis, internationally based editors have put together a theoretically informed volume that explores the supply and demand of prostitution.
Prostitution is a globalized industry involving millions of workers and it is characterized by a high degree of inequality in working conditions (ranging from slavery to self-managed and legalized unionized employment), by different sub-markets and fully integrated in the productive system.
Taking a provocative approach to prostitution, this book is a must read for students and researchers in the area of gender and economics.
Part 1: Studying Prostitution 1.1. Conceptualising Prostitution 1.2. Social Sciences and Prostitution 1.3. Economics and Prostitution Part 2: A Reputation Approach to Prostitution 2.1. The Demand Side 2.2. The Supply Side 2.3. Equilibrium 2.4. The Market for Prostitution when Norms are Endogenous 2.5. Different Markets and Policies Part 3: Empirical Application 3.1. The Demand Side: Clients of Street Sex Workers in the US 3.2. A Specific Segment of the Supply Side: Sexually Exploited Trafficked Women