The role of marriage in fighting HIV: A quantitative illustration for Malawi

Jeremy Greenwood, Philipp Kircher, Cezar Santos, Michèle Tertilt

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
Journal American Economic Review
Volume107
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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