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Disinhibition and Immiserization in a Model of Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible ( SIS ) Diseases

  title={Disinhibition and Immiserization in a Model of Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible ( SIS ) Diseases},
  author={Mark Gersovitz},
Infectious diseases induce externalities in private choices about prevention and therapy. An improvement in either the technology of prevention or therapy may lead private agents to decrease their preventive or therapeutic efforts, a phenomenon termed disinhibition by epidemiologists. If governments cannot or do not adopt interventions to internalize these externalities, a technological improvement may even lead to disinhibition so extreme that the infection rate rises. In turn, a rise in the… 

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