Panel: The Economic Effects of Same-Sex Marriage
(Social Equity and Race)

Friday, November 9, 2018: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
8216 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Discussants:  Patrick Button, Tulane University and Marcus Dillender, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

A Labor of Love: The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Labor Supply
Michael E Martell, Bard College, Mary E. Hansen, American University and Leanne Roncolato, Franklin and Marshall College

Effects of Legal Access to Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Christopher Carpenter, Samuel T. Eppink, Gilbert Gonzales and Tara McKay, Vanderbilt University

Marriage Equality Legislation Had a Differential Effect on Health Insurance in ACA Expansion and Nonexpansion States
Jae Downing, University of South Carolina and Paulette Cha, University of California, Los Angeles

The session brings together research on the impact of recent changes in the legalization of same-sex marriage on the social and economic lives of sexual minorities in the United States. The expansion of marriage rights in the U.S comes at a time of quickly changing legal, social and political environments in which sexual minorities live and work. The panel aims to provide a full understanding of the impact of same-sex marriage on sexual minorities through bringing together papers with different approaches to measure the impact of marriage on important aspects of well being. The papers in this proposed panel explore the effect of legal same-sex marriage on health outcomes, discrimination, labor supply and household time-use of sexual minorities. Collectively the proposed panel will provide a robust description of the impact of same-sex marriage as well as highlight changing policy needs for sexual minorities as progress towards social equality continues.

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