Document Type

Working Paper

Date of this Version

1-2017

Abstract

How might policies that promote marriage and/or dissuade divorce help in the fight against HIV/AIDS? This question is addressed employing a choice-theoretic general equilibrium search model, using Malawi as a case study. In the framework developed, individuals can choose between married and single life. A single person can select among abstinence and sex with or without a condom. The results suggest that marriage-friendly policies can help to abate HIV/AIDS. The policy predictions that obtain from general equilibrium analysis are compared with those that arise from simulated synthetic field experiments and epidemiological studies.

Keywords

AIDS, circumcision, condoms, general equilibrium modeling, HIV, marriage, divorce, Malawi, sex markets

 

Date Posted: 17 January 2017