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Optimal Targeted Lockdowns in a Multi-Group SIR Model

Daron Acemoglu, Victor Chernozhukovz, Iván Werning, Michael D. Whinston
We study targeted lockdowns in a multi-group SIR model where infection, hospitalization and fatality rates vary between groups—in particular between the “young”,“the middle-aged” and the “old”. Our model enables a tractable quantitative analysis of optimal policy. For baseline parameter values for...
Jul 2020
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Effects of Social Norms on Multiple Partnerships: Evidence from Young Adults in the Metropolitan Communities of Cape Town, South Africa

Byela Tibesigwa and Martine Visser
Even though antiretroviral treatment is becoming more efficient and available, new HIV infections still occur. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa. Sexual transmission of HIV is still the main mode of transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, and multiple sex partners have been shown to...
Aug 2014
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‘Know Your Epidemic’: The Effects of Expected Health and Contextual Health Uncertainty on Risky Sex

Byela Tibesigwa, Martine Visser and Mintewab Bezabih
This study measures the link between expected health and contextual health uncertainty on sexual behaviours associated with the risk of HIV infection. We extend similar studies on the subject by focusing on contextual factors as a way of explaining individual sexual behaviour in low and high HIV...
Aug 2014
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Assessing regional variation in the effect of the removal of user fees on institutional deliveries in rural Zambia

Chitalu M. Chama-Chiliba and Steven F. Koch
This paper examines regional differences in the effect of user fee removal in rural areas of Zambia on the use of health institutions for delivery. The analysis uses quarterly longitudinal data covering 2003q1-2008q4. When unobserved heterogeneity, spatial dependence and quantitative supply-side...
Apr 2014
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