Does political violence affect your sex life?

Unfortunately, for poor women in western Kenya, the 2007 election crisis had tragic and unexpected impacts:

We find that women who supply transactional sex suffered even greater income downfalls than the general population during the height of the crisis, and were unable to maintain consumption. As a result, they started engaging in significantly more and higher risk sex than prior to the crisis. These effects persisted after the political crisis ended.

That is Pascaline Dupas and Jon Robinson in a new paper that traces the effects of political crisis on incomes, vulnerabilty, and transactional sex in Kenya.

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