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Incentivizing Safer Sexual Behavior: Evidence from a Lottery Experiment on HIV Prevention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, ISSN 1945-7782, E-ISSN 1945-7790, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 287-314Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate the effect of a financial lottery program in Lesotho with relatively low expected payments but a chance to win a high prize conditional on negative test results for sexually transmitted infections. The intervention resulted in a 21.4 percent reduction in HIV incidence over two years. Lottery incentives appear to be particularly effective in targeting individuals with ex ante risky sexual behavior, consistent with the hypothesis that lotteries are more valued by individuals willing to take risks.

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2018. Vol. 10, no 3, p. 287-314
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Health Behavior, Health, Government Policy, Regulation, Public Health, Economic Development, Human Resources, Human Development, Income Distribution, Migration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158351DOI: 10.1257/app.20160469ISI: 000436511200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158351DiVA, id: diva2:1238550
Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-08-14Bibliographically approved

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