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The Impact of Civil Unions on Hawai`i’s Economy and Government

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  • Sumner La Croix

    () (Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawai`i -Mānoa)

  • Kimberly Burnett

    () (Assistant Specialist, University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization, University of Hawai`i - Mānoa)

Abstract

On 29 April 2010, the Hawai`i State Legislature passed HB 444, a measure that allows same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into civil unions. This report provides quantitative and qualitative measures of the impact of civil unions on the Hawai`i economy, Hawai`i businesses, and the State of Hawai`i’s budget. More specifically, we examine the effect of civil unions on tourism arrivals to Hawai`i; state government revenues and expenditures; employer provision of health insurance to civil union partners and their dependents; and the family with civil union partners. We conclude that the Legalization of civil unions in Hawai`i will have only a very minimal impact on any aspect of Hawai`i’s economy and state government operations.

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  • Sumner La Croix & Kimberly Burnett, 2010. "The Impact of Civil Unions on Hawai`i’s Economy and Government," Working Papers 2010-06, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa, revised Feb 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:hae:wpaper:2010-06
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    Keywords

    civil union; health insurance; visitor arrivals; Hawai`i;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • K36 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Family and Personal Law
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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