Forsaking All Others? The Effects of Same-Sex Partnership Laws on Risky Sex

24 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008

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Thomas S. Dee

Stanford University - School of Education; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

One conjectured benefit of a marriage-like legal status for same-sex couples is a reduction in the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STI). In this study, I discuss how such a policy might influence risky sexual behaviour and STI rates. I also present reduced-form empirical evidence on whether same-sex partnership laws have reduced STI rates, using country-level panel data from Europe. The results suggest that these laws led to statistically significant reductions in syphilis but not in infections that are not sexually transmitted. However, their effects on the incidence of gonorrhoea and HIV were also smaller and statistically imprecise.

Suggested Citation

Dee, Thomas S., Forsaking All Others? The Effects of Same-Sex Partnership Laws on Risky Sex. Economic Journal, Vol. 118, Issue 530, pp. 1055-1078, July 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02160.x

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