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FY 2016/2017 Research Topic: B-4-05
Impact evaluation of the registration program of female sex workers in the region of Dakar


This research analyzes the effects of decriminalisation of commercial sex work on STI infection risks of the commercial sex workers. We use the data from Senegal where the government provides preventative and curative services after decrinimalising sex works. We study the decriminalisation impacts under the context of most progressive environment among the low income countries. Specifically, we compare the commercial sex workers who are registered with the government (“legal”) vis-à-vis who are not (“illegal”). In comparing the two, we assume conditional independence of registration decisions and risky decisions. We use the observables to partly control for the self-selection biases. This is the first study of the kind that analyses quantitatively, and our goal is to show the suggestive evidence of causal relationship. This research is jointly conducted with LSHTM.


September 2016 - March 2017

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] ITO Seiro
[ Co-researchers ] Aurelia Lepine (Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Development, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, LSHTM)
[ Co-researchers ] Carole Treibich (Post-doctoral fellow, Aix-Marseille School of Economics)
  • Interim report
  • IDE Discussion Paper