Afternoon Seminars@CMIST - Kevin Lang - Does Competition Eliminate Discrimination? Evidence from the Commercial Sex Market in Singapore
|Dates:||18 February 2015|
|Times:||16:15 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
In this Afternoon Seminars@CMIST event, held on a Wednesday (one-off date change), Kevin Lang from Boston University will give a talk entitled 'Does Competition Eliminate Discrimination? Evidence from the Commercial Sex Market in Singapore'.
Huailu Li, Kevin Lang and Kaiwen Leong
The street sex worker market in Geylang, Singapore is highly competitive. Clients’ can search legally at negligible cost. Sex workers discriminate
based on client ethnicity despite an excess supply of sex workers. Workers are more (less) likely to approach and ask a higher (lower) price of Caucasians (Bangladeshis), based on their perceived willingness to pay. They avoid Indians, set a significantly higher price and are less likely to reach an agreement with them, suggesting that Indians face taste discrimination. These findings remain even after controlling for prostitute fixed effects and are consistent with the workers’ self-reported attitudes and beliefs.
This special Afternoon Seminars@CMIST will be held in 2.07 HBS from 16:15 until 17:30 note change of date and time.
All welcome, no registration required, tea and coffee provided.
Organisation: Boston University
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