Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Wages--Gay men; Wages--Married men; Wages--Single men;
Extensive research on the marital earnings premium for men in the U.S finds strong evidence of a wage premium for married men over otherwise comparable single men. However, legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States in 2015 raises the question: is there a similar marriage premium for homosexual men? I use 2016 ACS data to observe differences in earnings between individuals coded as “same-sex married couples” (married homosexual men), and individuals indicating a same-sex “unmarried partner” (single homosexual men). After controlling for individual and demographic characteristics, I find there is a statistically significant positive earnings differential of roughly 30% for married homosexual men when earned income and wage income are used as dependent variables. Further analysis shows that after controlling for seven broad occupational categories, the premium shrinks to between 12% and 19%, but remains statistically significant.
Year of Submission
Department of Economics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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© Cole Robert Malcolm - 2018
Malcolm, Cole Robert, "Marriage premium among homosexual men in the United States" (2018). Honors Program Theses. 330.