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Sexual Orientation and Neighborhood Quality: Do Same-Sex Couples Make Better Communities?


Shihe Fu


Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - Research Institute of Economics and Management

October 31, 2007


Abstract:     
This study provides an initial empirical analysis on identifying the general relationship between housing values and the spatial distribution of same-sex couples across the U.S. The paper uses the 1990 and 2000 census 5% Public Use Microdata Samples and introduces the gay index into the social-amenity-based hedonic housing models. The results show significant correlation between the spatial concentration of same-sex couples and housing values; furthermore, housing values are higher in a city where the proportion of same-sex couples was higher a decade ago, suggesting that same-sex couples make better communities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: Same-sex couples, Hedonic model, Gentrification, Gay index

JEL Classification: A14, J15, R14, R31

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Date posted: December 14, 2006 ; Last revised: November 4, 2007

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Fu, Shihe, Sexual Orientation and Neighborhood Quality: Do Same-Sex Couples Make Better Communities? (October 31, 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=951727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.951727

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Shihe Fu (Contact Author)
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - Research Institute of Economics and Management ( email )
Chengdu, 610074, Sichuan 610074
China
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