Let's Slow Down: Comments on Same-Sex Marriage and Negative Externalities
Douglas W. Allen
Simon Fraser University
December 9, 2010
Same-sex marriage is the most pressing social policy in family law, and pressure exists to provide empirical findings on the effect it will have on traditional marriage. However, it is too early to tell. This paper critiques one of the first U.S. same-sex empirical papers and shows that the negative externality is poorly specified, the data contains coding errors, and the test has no power. Therefore, the conclusion drawn in the paper (that there is no rational grounds for opposing same-sex marriage) is not supported by the evidence in the paper.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: Same-Sex Marriage
JEL Classification: I18, J12, K19working papers series
Date posted: December 10, 2010
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