39 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008
Date Written: October 9, 2008
I estimate how intra-household bargaining affects gay and lesbian couples' labor supplies, investigating their similarity to heterosexual decision-making, in a collective household framework. Data from the 2000 US Census show that couples of all types exhibit a significant response to bargaining power shifts, as measured by differences between partners in age or non-labor income. In gay, lesbian, and heterosexual cohabiting couples, a relatively young or rich partner has more bargaining power and hence supplies less labor, the opposite holding for his/her mate. Married couples value the older spouse instead, or the richer. No effects are found for same-sex roommates.
Keywords: Household Decision Making, Same-Sex Couples, Labor Supply
JEL Classification: D1, J22
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Oreffice, Sonia, Sexual Orientation and Household Decision Making: Same-Sex Couples' Balance of Power and Labor Supply Choices (October 9, 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 81.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1281515
By Karen Leppel