Last updated on: 1/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Kirby R. Cundiff, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Finance at Northeastern State University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he analysis seems to support the hypothesis that the rape rate could be lowered if prostitution was more readily available. This would be accomplished in most countries by its legalization. In the United States where prostitution is illegal, the low-end price for most prostitutes is about $200 and the monthly per capita income is $2,820. In Amsterdam, Netherlands where prostitution is legal the price is $30. If prostitution were legalized in the United States it is rational to assume that prices would resemble those in the Netherlands, this would result in… a decrease in the rape rate of 10 per 100,000. The population of the United States if roughly 275 million so this should result is a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year.”

Independent Institute Working Paper Number 50

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Finance, Northeastern State University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Finance, University of Maryland University College
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1992-1993
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Rice University, 1987-1988
  • Research Assistant, Missouri University Research Reactor, 1987
  • Member, Libertarian Party
Education:
  • PhD, Theoretical Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • MS, Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • BS, Truman State University, 1987
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?