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Home-ownership among opposite- and same-sex couples in the US

  • Karen Leppel

This paper explores the home-ownership implications of legal issues pertaining to marital status and of discrimination based on sexual orientation or marital status using United States 2000 Decennial Census data. Interesting differences are found between couple types in the effects of several variables. Same-sex couples are more likely than unmarried opposite-sex couples to own rather than rent homes but less likely to do so than married couples. In particular, the effects of household income and of a black householder are smaller for married couples than for same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples. Also, same-sex couples are not more likely to own homes in center city areas than elsewhere; married couples, however, are less likely to own homes in the city. Among high-income same-sex households, women are more likely than men to own homes but less likely to do so in US center city areas.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-30

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Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:13:y:2007:i:1:p:1-30
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