Sexual Orientation and Neighborhood Quality: Do Same-Sex Couples Make Better Communities?
Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)
October 31, 2007
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, R31working papers series
Date posted: December 14, 2006 ; Last revised: November 4, 2007
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