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The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Hawai'i's Economy and Government

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  • Sumner La Croix

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    (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization Department of Economics)

  • Lauren Gabriel

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    (William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i–Manoa)

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This report provides quantitative and qualitative measures of the impact of same-sex marriage on Hawai'i's economy and government. We find that marriage equality is likely to lead to substantial increases in visitor arrivals, visitor spending, and state and county general excise tax revenues. We estimate that fewer than 100 spouses will be added as beneficiaries to public and private employer-provided health insurance plans. The size of the gains from marriage equality depends critically on upcoming rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201302.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201302

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Keywords: same-sex; marriage; health insurance; tourism; Hawaii;

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