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Impact evaluation of the registration program for female sex workers in the region of Dakar(2017_1_50_001)


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


April 2016 - March 2018

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Ito Seiro
[ Co-researcher ] Aurelia Lepine (Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
[ Co-researcher ] Carole Treibich (Post-doctoral fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

  • Research Project Report (Interim Report)
  • IDE Research Bulletin
  • IDE Discussion Paper