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Sexual Orientation, Prejudice, and Segregation

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  • Erik Plug
  • Dinand Webbink
  • Nick Martin

This article examines whether gay and lesbian workers sort into tolerant occupations. With information on sexual orientation, prejudice, and occupational choice taken from Australian Twin Registers, we find that gays and lesbians shy away from prejudiced occupations. We show that our segregation results are largely driven by those gay and lesbian workers with disclosed identities and are robust to the inclusion of unobserved factors that are inherited and observed factors that strongly correlate with productive skills and vocational preferences. Our segregation estimates are consistent with prejudice-based theories of employer and employee discrimination against gay and lesbian workers.

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File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/673315
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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 123-159

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