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Let's Slow Down: Comments on Same-Sex Marriage and Negative Externalities

15 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2010  

Douglas W. Allen

Simon Fraser University

Date Written: December 9, 2010

Abstract

Same-sex marriage is the most pressing social policy in family law, and pressure exists to provide empirical findings on the effect it will have on traditional marriage. However, it is too early to tell. This paper critiques one of the first U.S. same-sex empirical papers and shows that the negative externality is poorly specified, the data contains coding errors, and the test has no power. Therefore, the conclusion drawn in the paper (that there is no rational grounds for opposing same-sex marriage) is not supported by the evidence in the paper.

Keywords: Same-Sex Marriage

JEL Classification: I18, J12, K19

Suggested Citation

Allen, Douglas W., Let's Slow Down: Comments on Same-Sex Marriage and Negative Externalities (December 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722764 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1722764

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