Labour Force Status and Sexual Orientation

11 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2009  

Karen Leppel

Widener University - School of Business Administration

Abstract

This study explores the probabilities of being employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force, for men and women in same-sex couples and married and unmarried opposite-sex couples. Same-sex partners were more likely to be unemployed than married opposite-sex partners but less likely than unmarried opposite-sex partners. Laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination had positive and larger effects on unemployment for same-sex partners than for other partners. The presence of young children increased the probability of being out of the labour force more for male same-sex partners than for other men, and less for female same-sex partners than for other women.

Suggested Citation

Leppel, Karen, Labour Force Status and Sexual Orientation. Economica, Vol. 76, Issue 301, pp. 197-207, February 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00676.x

Karen Leppel (Contact Author)

Widener University - School of Business Administration ( email )

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Chester, PA 19013
United States

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