Premium Sex: Factors Influencing the Negotiated Price of Unprotected Sex by Female Sex Workers in Mexico

Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp, 67-90, May 2010

Posted: 12 Jun 2010

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Adela de la Torre

Independent

Arthur Havenner

University of California, Davis

Katherine Adams

University of California, Davis

Justin Ng

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines economic, sociocultural, and behavioral risk factors that influence the compensating price difference (premium paid) between sex with and without a condom for female sex workers (FSWs) in U.S.-Mexico border cities. Field data collected in Ciudad Juarez on the price of sex with and without a condom for the same FSW respondent allowed calculation of the price premium for unprotected sex based on these paired prices, holding unobservable characteristics constant. A Tobit model was used to identify the factors determining the price premium. Key predictors of a larger price premium for sex without a condom included: length of time as a FSW; number of male clients; and participation in HIV education. Key predictors of a decrease in the price premium for unprotected sex included: age; a bad financial situation; frequent alcohol consumption before or during sex; and frequent drug use before or during sex.

Keywords: prostitution, sex work, HIV/STI, sex price premiums, border health

JEL Classification: N36, I12, J44

Suggested Citation

de la Torre, Adela and Havenner, Arthur and Adams, Katherine and Ng, Justin, Premium Sex: Factors Influencing the Negotiated Price of Unprotected Sex by Female Sex Workers in Mexico (May 1, 2010). Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp, 67-90, May 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1623417

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Arthur Havenner

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Katherine Adams

University of California, Davis ( email )

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Justin Ng

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