Place-based price differentials of prostitution: a case study in Yangon, Myanmar

Hiroyuki Yamada, Yuki Kanayama, Kanako Yoshikawa, Kyaw Wai Aung

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Using data collected on female sex workers (FSWs) in Yangon, Myanmar, we compare the prices of sexual services offered to investigate whether prices are associated with the place where they find clients—after controlling for FSW and client characteristics and types of services provided. Compared with FSWs in brothels, workers who find clients online charge 62 per cent higher prices, while those in massage parlours charge 39 per cent lower prices. In addition, we find evidence that suggests street-based FSWs earn less than those in brothels. No price differentials are observed among FSWs finding clients in karaoke clubs and in brothels. These findings imply worksites play a vital role in determining the price of sex services in Yangon. We further investigate why these place-based price differentials arise. We describe the plausible characteristics of the price negotiation process, including the matching process and client information, and discuss how these work to yield place-based price differentials at various worksites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalAsian-Pacific Economic Literature
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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