Henry George’s remedy for AIDS

June 6, 2007

No, Henry George didn’t say anything about AIDS,  but…

While safe-sex education has changed sexual behavior in the United States, it’s had little effect in Africa, which [UC Research Associate Emily] Oster ascribes to quality-of-life differences. “How much people care about dying from AIDS 10 years from now depends on how many years they expect to live today and how enjoyable they expect those future years to be,” Oster wrote. “If income and life expectancy in Africa were the same as they are in the United States, we would see the same change in sexual behavior—and the AIDS epidemic would begin to slow.” 

Achieving prosperity and improving the quality of life– that Georgists know how to do.

Source:  Chicago GSB Magazine 


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