Assortative matching among same-sex and different-sex couples in the United States, 1990-2000
AbstractSame-sex couples are less likely to be homogamous than different-sex couples on a variety of characteristics, including race/ethnicity, age, and education. This study confirms results from previous studies using 1990 U.S. census data and extends previous analyses to examine changes from 1990 to 2000. We find that same-sex male couples are generally the least likely to resemble one another, followed by same-sex female couples, different-sex cohabitors, and different-sex married couples. Despite estimated growth in the numbers of same-sex couples in the population and the increasing acceptance of non-traditional unions, we find little evidence of diminishing differences in the resemblance of same- and different-sex couples between 1990 and 2000, with the possible exception of educational homogamy.
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Volume (Year): 21 (2009)
Issue (Month): 28 (December)
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assortative mating; interracial unions; same-sex couples;
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- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
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