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Sexual orientation and neighborhood quality: Do same-sex couples make better communities?

  • Fu, Shihe
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This study provides an initial empirical analysis on identifying the general relationship between housing values and the spatial distribution of same-sex couples across the U.S. The paper uses the 1990 and 2000 census 5% Public Use Microdata Samples and introduces the gay index into the social-amenity-based hedonic housing models. The results show significant correlation between the spatial concentration of same-sex couples and housing values; furthermore, housing values are higher in a city where the proportion of same-sex couples was higher a decade ago, suggesting that same-sex couples make better communities.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 7678.

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Date of creation: 11 Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:7678
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