Sexual Orientation and Household Decision Making: Same-Sex Couples' Balance of Power and Labor Supply Choices

39 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008  

Sonia Oreffice

University of Surrey

Date Written: October 9, 2008

Abstract

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

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

Sonia Oreffice (Contact Author)

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/soniaoreffice/

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