Demand for sexual services in Britain: Does Sex Education Matter?

Marilena Locatelli & Steinar Øivind Strøm

Photo: Scottish Journal of Political Economy

Published in:

Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Volume 65, Issue 5, October 2018.

DOI: 10.1111/sjpe.12198


On survey data from 1999 to 2001 and 2010 to 2012, we estimate the demand for commercial sex among British men. We estimate a zero‐inflated count model, which takes into account the probability of not participating in the sex market and number of times with a prostitute. We find that sex education in school has a negative and significant role in the demand for paid sex. We also find that men with a typical middle‐class income are more likely to buy sex. Travelling abroad or living in London increases the likelihood of British men buying sex.

Published July 23, 2019 1:19 PM - Last modified July 23, 2019 1:19 PM