Simulating the impact of regulation changes on the market for prostitution services
Della Giusta, M. (2010) Simulating the impact of regulation changes on the market for prostitution services. European Journal of Law and Economics, 29 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0929-1261
To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s10657-009-9105-y
The paper draws on recent research on the economics of prostitution focussing on the role of stigma in shaping the interaction between demand and supply and the resulting sub-markets in which this activity is typically organised. Here we extend the framework to consider the role of reputation and stigma in determining policy decisions regarding the regulation of prostitution and show how sub-optimal outcomes (from the point of view of the welfare of sex workers) may prevail.