Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

Commercial Sex and Health

  • Giovanni ImmordinoEmail author
  • Francesco F. Russo
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_688


The spread of HIV/AIDS and of other sexually transmittable infections is affected by the legal regime governing prostitution. In this entry we briefly discuss a theory of commercial sex, public intervention, and the health consequences. We present some evidence and the main motivations for unprotected commercial sex in addition to examining the theoretical and empirical effects of different policies for the health consequences of commercial sex.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and StatisticsUniversity of Naples Federico II and CSEFNaplesItaly