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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

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Front Econ Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (3) : 407-433
Economic Development, Risky Sexual Behavior, and AIDS Epidemics—Theory and Evidence
Xue Qiao(), Xiaohan Zhong, Sin Sung
School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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In this paper, we present a simple theoretical model to investigate how economic development affects AIDS epidemics through its influence on individuals’ sexual behavior, building on the literature on economic growth with endogenous mortality concern. We employ provincial data from China on the incidence rate of AIDS between 2002 and 2008 to test the theoretical predictions. The findings are: (1) a rise in personal income/wealth induces more safe sexual activities and reduces the prevalence of AIDS; and (2) increases in public health expenditure do not have a significant positive impact on individuals’ preference of risky sexual activity over safe sexual activity.

Keywords economic development      risky sexual behavior      AIDS epidemics     
Corresponding Author(s): Xue Qiao,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2012
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Xue Qiao,Xiaohan Zhong,Sin Sung. Economic Development, Risky Sexual Behavior, and AIDS Epidemics—Theory and Evidence[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2012, 7(3): 407-433.
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