Sexual Orientation, Prejudice and Segregation

32 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011

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Erik Plug

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Nicholas G. Martin

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Abstract

This paper examines whether gay and lesbian workers sort into tolerant occupations. With information on sexual orientation, prejudice and occupational choice taken from Australian Twin Registers, we find that gays and lesbians shy away from prejudiced occupations. We show that our segregation results are largely driven by those gay and lesbian workers with disclosed identities, and robust to the inclusion of unobserved factors that are inherited and observed factors that strongly correlate with productive skills and vocational preferences. Our segregation estimates are generally large and consistent with prejudice based theories of employer and employee discrimination against gay and lesbian workers.

Keywords: sexual orientation, occupational choice, discrimination, segregation

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J71

Suggested Citation

Plug, Erik and Webbink, H. Dinand and Martin, Nicholas G., Sexual Orientation, Prejudice and Segregation. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5772. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1867041

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H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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Nicholas G. Martin

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

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Herston QLD, 4006
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