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SNRG & Urban Institute research on Underground Commercial Sex Economy hits media

Meredith Dank, Mitch Downey - Urban Institute, Washington DC
Bilal Khan, Ric Curtis – SNRG, CUNY Graduate Center, John Jay College

From March 12, 2014:

Book Chapter to appear in Handbook on Economics of Prostitution (Oxford University Press)

A method for determining the size of the underground cash economy for commercial sex in seven US cities

Bilal Khan - Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, John Jay College, CUNY
Mitch Downey – Department of Economics, University of San Diego
Meredith Dank – Urban Institute, Washington D.C.
Kirk Dombrowski - Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In this chapter we seek to: (1) derive a more rigorous estimate of the underground commercial sex economy (UCSE) in seven major US cities; and (2) provide an understanding of the structure of this underground economy. To estimate the size of the UCSE accurately, we had to produce simultaneous estimates in each city for the size of the cash-based trade in both illegal drugs and illegal firearms. Ordinarily, estimates for each of these are made singly, and often for a single locale at a single time. Our approach goes in the opposite direction. The operating assumption of the estimation process that follows is that estimates of the size of various domains of the underground economy (UE) are more accurate when comparative data across time and across different locations are taken into account, and when estimates of the size of one domain of the UE are forced to balance estimates of other domains in the UE with which they coincide.


Forced Marriage Working Paper

forced marriage working paper

Is Forced Marriage a Problem in the United States? 

Intergenerational Conflict over Marital Choice Among College Students at the City University of New York from Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian Migrant Families

Anthony Marcus – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Popy Begum – University of Oxford

Alana Henninger – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Laila Alsabahi – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Engy Hanna – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Lisa Robbins-Stathas – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Ric Curtis – John Jay College of the City University of New York


Anthony Marcus, Chris Thomas and Amber Horning in Slate Article and LSE Blog on Pimps, Adolescents and Sex Trafficking

“An Agent Centered Approach To Child Sex Trafficking”

A Pre-Publication Version of Child Sex Trafficking Towards an Agent Centered Approach

From the forthcoming book Human Trafficking: Reconsidering the Problem,

Published by the Open Society Foundation.

Authors: Anthony Marcus, Amber Horning, & Ric Curtis