Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An Economist's take on HIV in Africa

A well-done lecture on what we really know about HIV in Africa, delivered by Emily Oster:

Summary: (1) An emphasis on education may be misleading because preventive behavior appears to be linked with life expectancy. (2) The HIV prevalence rates in African countries, reported by US Census Bureau, are likely to exaggerate the actual prevalence. (3) Poverty do not seem to be the cause of the spread of HIV infection.

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