Self-employment, earnings, and sexual orientation
Earnings, Self-employment, Sexual orientation
Review of Economics of the Household
Although many studies document differences by sexual orientation in earnings and other labor-market outcomes, little is known about differences in self-employment. Our study contributes to both the self-employment literature and sexual-orientation literature by analyzing differences in self-employment rates and earnings by sexual orientation. Gay men are less likely to be self-employed than married men, whereas lesbians are equally likely to be self-employed as married women. We find that gay men earn less than married men. We do find, however, that for those gay men who are self-employed, there is little evidence of a further earnings penalty, at least among full-time workers. Lesbians earn at least as much as married women, but receive no further earnings premium—or penalty—by being self-employed, again among full-time workers.
Department of Economics
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Jepsen, Christopher and Jepsen, Lisa K., "Self-employment, earnings, and sexual orientation" (2017). Faculty Publications. 916.