Marriage, Partnership and Sexual Orientation: A Study of British University Academics and Administrators

21 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2008

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using a unique data source on marital status, partnership and sexual orientation of academics and administrators at British universities, we estimate the impact of personal relationships upon earnings for men and women. While university data cover a relatively homogeneous group of workers, the two sides of the university are very different, with administrative jobs being more like the general job market in the economy. We find a large and significant married male premium, but only on the administrative side of the university. There is no female marriage premium, and no partnership return to gay men or to either heterosexual or homosexual women.

Keywords: partnership, marriage, sexual orientation, academic labour markets

JEL Classification: J12, J16, J30, J45

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Frank, Jeff, Marriage, Partnership and Sexual Orientation: A Study of British University Academics and Administrators. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1139880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Alison L. Booth (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

Royal Holloway College
Egham
Surrey, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
+44 20 8265 4203 (Phone)

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