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War, migration and the origins of the Thai sex industry

Brodeur, Abel, Lekfuangfu, Warn N. and Zylberberg, Yanos (2017) War, migration and the origins of the Thai sex industry. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1489). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants behind the spatial distribution of the sex industry in Thailand. We relate the development of the sex industry to an early temporary demand shock, i.e., U.S. military presence during the Vietnam War. Comparing the surroundings of Thai military bases used by the U.S. army to districts close to unused Thai bases, we find that there are currently 5 times more commercial sex workers in districts near former U.S. bases. The development of the sex industry is also explained by a high price elasticity of supply due to female migration from regions affected by an agricultural crisis. Finally, we study a consequence induced by the large numbers of sex workers in few red-light districts: the HIV outbreak in the early 1990s

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N15 - Asia including Middle East
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements: Legal, Social, Economic, and Political
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 12:13
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 23:21
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86581

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