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An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution

  title={An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution},
  author={Steven D. Levitt and Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh},
Combining transaction-level data on street prostitutes with ethnographic observation and official police force data, we analyze the economics of prostitution in Chicago. Prostitution, because it is a market, is much more geographically concentrated than other criminal activity. Street prostitutes earn roughly $25-$30 per hour, roughly four times their hourly wage in other activities, but this higher wage represents relatively meager compensation for the significant risk they bear. Prostitution… Expand

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