Research Repository

Criminal prosecution and human immunodeficiency virus-related risky behavior

Delavande, A and Goldman, D and Sood, N (2010) 'Criminal prosecution and human immunodeficiency virus-related risky behavior.' Journal of Law and Economics, 53 (4). 741 - 782. ISSN 0022-2186

Full text not available from this repository.


We examine the consequences of prosecuting people who are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive and expose others to the infection. We show that the effect of such prosecutions on the spread of HIV is a priori ambiguous. The prosecutions deter unsafe sex. However, they also create incentives for having sex with partners who are more promiscuous, which consequently increases the spread of HIV. We test these predictions and find that such prosecutions are associated with a reduction in the number of partners, an increase in safe sex, and an increase in sex with prostitutes. We estimate that doubling the prosecution rate could decrease the total number of new HIV infections by one-third over a 10-year period. © 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 10:14
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item