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An Empirical analysis of homosexual/heterosexual male earnings differentials: Unmarried and unequal?

  • Sylvia A. Allegretto
  • Michelle M. Arthur
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    Using data from the 1990 U.S. Census (PUMS 5%), the authors present the first large-scale study of wage differentials between heterosexual and homosexual men. The homosexual sample, consisting of gay men in unmarried partnered relationships, are estimated to have earned 15.6% less than similarly qualified married heterosexual men, and 2.4% less than similarly qualified unmarried partnered heterosexual men. The authors interpret these two figures as upper- and lower-bound estimates of the differential between homosexual and heterosexual men. The dual comparison enables the authors to disentangle the penalty to being unmarried from other determinants of the wage differential; estimated at 14.1%, this variable appears to be the main source of the wage gap. (Author's abstract.)

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    Volume (Year): 54 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 631-646

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:54:y:2001:i:3:p:631-646
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