Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department or Academic Unit
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Economics
economics, labor, gay, marital premium, same-sex marriage
This paper explores how gay men in unmarried partner households responded to legal changes in the recognition of their relationship. The goal of the paper is to understand if there exists a premium to recognition that increases the wages of gay men in relationships with respect to other gay men in identical relationships that receive no recognition. This paper finds evidence that there is a strong and significant marital premium in states that recognize same-sex couples. The effects are strongest for marriage and weakest for domestic partnerships.
Ian C. Burn
Burn, Ian C., "The effect of changes in the legal recognition of same-sex couples on gay households: evidence from the 2006 to 2010 American community surveys" (2012). Economics Master's Theses. Paper 3. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002464
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