Dita Vogel: The Concept of Demand in the Context of THB: Using Contributions from Economics in Search of Clarification

Dita Vogel: The Concept of Demand in the Context of THB: Using Contributions from Economics in Search of Clarification

Working Paper 3 examines how economic contributions can help clarify some of the terminology used in the DemandAT project. It sets out economic theories of ‘demand’, and contrasts these to common understandings of the concept of demand and prices as employed in debates on anti-trafficking, as well as understandings of the role of coercion. The paper suggests that the use of these terms has often been vague and inconsistent. The paper illustrates these problems by looking at three examples of the application of economics concepts in literature on THB. It concludes that what is needed most urgently is more context dependent data interpretation, rather than more data.

 

A subsequent version of this working paper is published as:  Vogel , D (2017) ‘The Concept of Demand in the Context of Trafficking in Human Beings’ Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management 5(1), 2017, pp. 193–234, ISSN 2332-399X, eISSN 2377-0716