In Da Club: An Econometric Analysis of Strip Club Patrons
estimates from the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS)
suggest 17 million Americans went to a club that featured nude or
semi-nude dancers in 1991. Their
attendance comprises nearly 67 million visits, 10 million more than the
attendance at major league baseball games that year.
A recent report by the Free Speech Coalition (2005), and recent
testimony in front of the
In this paper I estimate a hurdle model using the NHSLS which is the first and only national probability based sample which asks people about their sexual behavior including if they have attended a strip club and the frequency of attendance. Using the hurdle model I investigate a popular theory which purports to explain the rapid increase in the number of clubs. I find that for those who reported changing their behavior in response to AIDS/HIV they were much more likely to go to a strip club and more frequent visitors than those who did not change their behavior.
Very Preliminary version here [pdf]
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