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An Empirical Analysis of Homosexual/Heterosexual Male Earnings Differentials: Unmarried and Unequal?

Sylvia A. Allegretto and Michelle M. Arthur
ILR Review
Vol. 54, No. 3 (Apr., 2001), pp. 631-646
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/2695994
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2695994
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Using data from the 1990 U.S. Census (PUMS 5%), the authors present the first large-scale study of wage differentials between heterosexual and homosexual men. The homosexual sample, consisting of gay men in unmarried partnered relationships, are estimated to have earned 15.6% less than similarly qualified married heterosexual men, and 2.4% less than similarly qualified unmarried partnered heterosexual men. The authors interpret these two figures as upper- and lower-bound estimates of the differential between homosexual and heterosexual men. The dual comparison enables the authors to disentangle the penalty to being unmarried from other determinants of the wage differential; estimated at 14.1%, this variable appears to be the main source of the wage gap.

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