Same-Sex Sexual Behavior: U.S. Frequency Estimates from Survey Data with Simultaneous Misreporting and Non-Response

Applied Economics, Vol. 38, No. 7, pp. 757-769, 2006

13 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2010

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Nathan Berg

University of Otago, Department of Economics

Donald D. Lien

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Survey-based research concerning sexual behaviour almost inevitably confronts the simultaneous problems of misreporting and non-response. These problems lead to disparities among estimates of the number and characteristics of those who engage in same-sex sexual behaviour. This paper proposes a statistical model to consistently estimate the frequency of same-sex sexual behaviour in the presence of non-ignorable misreporting and non-response. The model is fitted using 1991-2000 General Social Survey data. Frequency estimates corrected for simultaneous misreporting and non-response are reported. According to the model, 7.1% of US males and 4.1% of females - 15.8 million individuals - are not exclusively heterosexual. Allowing for misreporting and non-response increases the estimated same-sex frequency by more than four million. The model reveals new patterns between misreporting and non-response probabilities and standard demographic variables such as age and income.

Keywords: Homosexual, Heterosexual, Sexual Orientation, Gay, Lesbian, Economic Demography, Discrete Dependent Variable, Augmented Logit, Mis-reporting, Nonresponse

JEL Classification: D03

Suggested Citation

Berg, Nathan and Lien, Donald, Same-Sex Sexual Behavior: U.S. Frequency Estimates from Survey Data with Simultaneous Misreporting and Non-Response (2006). Applied Economics, Vol. 38, No. 7, pp. 757-769, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1691919

Nathan Berg (Contact Author)

University of Otago, Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9016
New Zealand

Donald Lien

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
210-458-4313 (Phone)
210-458-4308 (Fax)

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