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The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Hawai'i's Economy and Government

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  • Sumner La Croix

    () (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization Department of Economics)

  • Lauren Gabriel

    () (William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i–Manoa)

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This report provides quantitative and qualitative measures of the impact of same-sex marriage on Hawai'i's economy and government. We find that marriage equality is likely to lead to substantial increases in visitor arrivals, visitor spending, and state and county general excise tax revenues. We estimate that fewer than 100 spouses will be added as beneficiaries to public and private employer-provided health insurance plans. The size of the gains from marriage equality depends critically on upcoming rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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  • Sumner La Croix & Lauren Gabriel, 2013. "The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Hawai'i's Economy and Government," Working Papers 201302, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201302
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    Keywords

    same-sex; marriage; health insurance; tourism; Hawaii;

    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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