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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.
AIDS, circumcision, condoms, general equilibrium modeling, HIV, marriage, divorce, Malawi, sex markets
Greenwood, Jeremy; Philipp Kircher; Cezar Santos; and Michéle Tertilt (2017). "The Role of Marriage in Fighting HIV: A Quantitative Illustration for Malawi." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC) WP2017-7. https://repository.upenn.edu/psc_publications/7.
Date Posted: 17 January 2017