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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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
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?