Show simple item record Black, Dan A. en_US Makar, Hoda R. en_US Sanders, Seth en_US Taylor, Lowell J. en_US 2010-06-28T18:50:23Z 2010-06-28T18:50:23Z 2003-04 en_US
dc.description.abstract This investigation of the effect of sexual orientation on earnings employs General Social Survey data from 1989-96. Depending largely on the definition of sexual orientation used, earnings are estimated as having been between 14% and 16% lower for gay men than for heterosexual men, and between 20% and 34% higher for lesbian women than for heterosexual women. This evidence, the authors suggest, is consistent with either of two complementary constructions: Gary Becker's argument that male/female earnings differentials are rooted in specialization within households and in optimal human capital accumulation decisions individuals make when they are young; and Claudia Goldin's observations about marriage-based gender discrimination, according to which the paternalistic "protection" of wives and mothers from the world of work has tended to overlook lesbians. en_US
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dc.publisher Industrial and Labor Relations Review en_US
dc.subject Earnings en_US
dc.subject Sexual Orientation en_US
dc.subject specialization en_US
dc.title The Earnings Effects of Sexual Orientation en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.department Economics

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