Mark Kurt publishes article in Health Economics

A Martha and Spencer Love School of Business professor's research on sexually transmitted infections with semi-anonymous matching has been published in the journal Health Economics.

Assistant Professor of Economics Mark Kurt
Mark Kurt, assistant professor of economics, authored the article “Sexually Transmitted Infections with Semi-Anonymous Matching,” which appears in the November 2013 issue, Vol. 22(11), of Health Economics.

The 2013 Journal Citation Reports lists Health Economics in the top 10 percent of ranked journals in economics.

Below is the abstract of the article:

We analyze the spread of sexually transmitted infections in an environment where individuals search for a sexual partner and, when found, cannot verify whether his partner is infected. Decisions are based on a variety of factors including the proportion infected, the likelihood of safe sex, the rate of detection and treatment, the cost of infection, and the length of search. The model demonstrates how directed search induces a separating equilibrium and, as a result, supports empirical evidence demonstrating the importance of sero-sorting. Furthermore, the model reinforces arguments that decreasing the costs of infection increases the infection rate. The model is calibrated, and the policy implications are analyzed within the context of men who have sex with men.