Panel Paper: Pink Work: Same-Sex Marriage, Employment and Discrimination

Friday, November 9, 2018
8216 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Dario Sansone, Georgetown University

This paper exploits variations among U.S. states to show that gay and lesbian couples increased their labor supply following the legalization of same-sex marriage. Both partners in these couples were more likely to be employed, to work full time, and to work longer hours. Marriage equality was also associated with a decrease in self-employment and within-household specialization among same-sex couples. Additional evidence is then provided in order to investigate whether these changes were driven by a reduction in discrimination, a marriage premium in wages, or changes in fertility, assortative matching and homeownership.

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