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Womenâ??s Sexual Orientation and Labor Market Outcomes

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  • Nick Drydakis

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    (Department of Economics - University of Crete, Greece)

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This study relies on a field experiment to provide the first evidence on the relationship between women being lesbian and their hiring prospects in Greece. The data analyzed supports the findings of previous experiments, indicating that lesbians face hiring discrimination. The estimated probability of lesbian applicants receiving an invitation for an interview is 27.7 percentage points lower than that for heterosexual applicant. More importantly, entry wage differentials assigned are inconsistent with the ascendant empirical claims that lesbians have higher market earnings. The negative effect of lesbian sexual orientation is 6.1%. Given the legal actions in Greece that have the potential to affect sexual orientation minorities, it is important to understand the relationships between sexual orientation and labor market.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0907.

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Publication status: Forthcoming in Feminist Economics
Handle: RePEc:crt:wpaper:0907

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Keywords: Field Experiment; Sexual Orientation; Hiring Discrimination; Wage Discrimination; Probit Model; OLS Model; Interaction Effects;

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  1. Nick Drydakis, . "Sexual Orientation, Demography and Labor Relations," Working Papers 0906, University of Crete, Department of Economics.
  2. Baert, Stijn & Verhofstadt, Elsy, 2013. "Labour Market Discrimination against Former Juvenile Delinquents: Evidence from a Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 7845, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. S. Baert, 2013. "Career Lesbians. Getting Hired for Not Having Kids?," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 13/842, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  4. Christafore, David & Leguizamon, Sebastian, 2012. "Earnings differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals and the effects of anti-discriminatory laws: equal but still unmarried," MPRA Paper 45267, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Drydakis, Nick, 2011. "Roma Women in Athenian Firms: Do They Face Wage Bias?," IZA Discussion Papers 5732, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Drydakis, Nick, 2012. "Men's Sexual Orientation and Job Satisfaction," IZA Discussion Papers 6272, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Weichselbaumer, Doris, 2013. "Testing for Discrimination against Lesbians of Different Marital Status: A Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 7425, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Ahmed, Ali & Andersson, Lina & Hammarstedt, Mats, 2011. "Are homosexuals discriminated against in the hiring process?," Working Paper Series 2011:21, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

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