Risk-Coping Through Sexual Networks: Evidence from Client Transfers in Kenya

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Jonathan Robinson

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ethan Yeh

World Bank

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

Why do women engage in transactional sex? While much of the explanation is that sex-for-money pays more than other jobs, this paper uses a unique panel dataset constructed from 192 self-reported diaries of sex workers in Western Kenya to show that women who supply transactional sex develop relationships with regular clients, and that these clients send transfers in response to negative income shocks. Regular clients are the primary source of inter-person insurance that women receive, and women report in a separate survey that client transfers are an important reason that they participate in the market.

Keywords: Population Policies, Gender and Law, Adolescent Health, Gender and Health, Population & Development

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Jonathan and Yeh, Ethan, Risk-Coping Through Sexual Networks: Evidence from Client Transfers in Kenya (February 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5582. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1774429

Jonathan Robinson (Contact Author)

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Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Ethan Yeh

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
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