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The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Hawaii's Economy and Government: An Update After the U.S. Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decisions

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  • Sumner La Croix

    ()
    (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization Department of Economics, University of Hawai'i–Manoa Global Public Health and Population Studies Program, University of Hawai'i–Manoa)

  • Lauren Gabriel

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

Abstract

This report provides an update on the potential impact of marriage equality in Hawai'i on the state’s economy in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent DOMA and Proposition 8 decisions. We find that marriage equality is likely to lead to substantial increases in Hawai'i visitor arrivals, visitor spending, and state and county general excise tax revenues due to pent-up demand for same-sex marriage. Over the 2014-2016 period, we estimate that additional visitor spending due to marriage equality would amount to $217 million. The additional gains in visitor spending are time-sensitive: Spending by U.S. same-sex couples and their guests on honeymoons and marriages will be diverted to other states until Hawai'i recognizes marriage equality.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201312.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201312

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Keywords: same-sex; marriage; visitors; spending; tourism; Hawai‘i;

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