Integrating Behavioral Choice into Epidemiological Models of the Aids Epidemic

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Michael Kremer

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Center for Global Development; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

Increased HIV risk creates incentives for people with low sexual activity to reduce their activity, but may make high-activity people fatalistic, leading them to reduce their activity only slightly, or actually increase it. If high-activity people reduce their activity by a smaller proportion than low-activity people, the composition of the pool of available partners will worsen, creating positive feedbacks, and possibly multiple steady state levels of prevalence. The timing of public health efforts may affect long-run HIV prevalence.

Suggested Citation

Kremer, Michael R., Integrating Behavioral Choice into Epidemiological Models of the Aids Epidemic (January 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5428. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225487

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