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Lena Edlund, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Economics at Columbia University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitution has an unusual feature: it is well paid despite being low- skill, labor intensive, and, one might add, female dominated. Earnings even in the worst-paid type, streetwalking, may be several multiples of full-time earnings in professions with comparable skill requirements.”

“A Theory of Prostitution,” Journal of Political Economy, Feb. 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), 2004-present
  • Research Fellow, Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), 2003-present
  • Associate Editor, Economica, 2003-present
  • Associate Professor, Economics, Columbia University, 1999-present
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University College London, 2002-2003
  • Oavlonad Docent, Stockholm School of Economics, 2001
  • Research Associate, Swedish Council for Social Works Research, 1999
  • Research Associate, Stockholm School of Economics, 1997-1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, and Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996-1997
  • Gunnar Myrdal Prize, Ekonomisk Debatt, 1996
  • Associate Expert, Women and Gender Equality, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, 1994-1995
  • PhD, Stockholm School of Economics, 1996
  • BA, Stockholm School of Economics, 1989
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Quoted in:
  1. What Is Prostitution?