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Sexual orientation and household savings: do homosexual couples save more?

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  • Brighita Negrusa

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    (RAND Corporation)

  • Sonia Oreffice

    (Universidad de Alicante)

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We analyze how sexual orientation is related to household savings using 2000 US Census data, and find that gay and lesbian couples own more retirement income than do heterosexual ones, while cohabiting heterosexuals save more than their married counterparts. In a household savings model, we interpret this homosexual-specific differential as due to the extremely low fertility of same-sex households, in addition to the precautionary motives driving cohabiting couples to save more than married ones. Evidence from homeowners’ ratio of mortgage payments to house value exhibits the same pattern of savings differentials by sexual orientation and cohabiting status.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2010-21.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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  1. Save if you're glad to be gay
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-06-22 09:55:00
  2. Homosexuals and savings
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-08-19 14:20:00
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Cited by:
  1. Salvador Ortigueira & Nawid Siassi, 2010. "How important is Intra-household Risk Sharing for Savings and Labor Supply?," Economics Working Papers ECO2010/36, European University Institute.
  2. Carolina Silva Cassorla, 2010. "The interaction of minimum wage and severance payments in a frictional labor market: theory and estimation," Working Papers. Serie AD 2010-22, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  3. Brighita Negrusa & Sonia Oreffice, 2011. "Sexual orientation and household financial decisions: evidence from couples in the United States," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 445-463, December.

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