Labor‐Market Specialization within Same‐Sex and Difference‐Sex Couples

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Christopher Jepsen

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Economics

Lisa Kay Jepsen

University of Northern Iowa

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

We use data from the 2000 decennial U.S. Census to compare differences in earnings, hours worked, and labor‐force participation between members of different household types, including same‐sex couples, different‐sex couples, and roommates. Both same‐sex and different‐sex couples exhibit some degree of household specialization, whereas roommates show little or no degree of specialization. Of all household types, married couples exhibit by far the highest degree of specialization with respect to labor‐market outcomes. With respect to differences in earnings and hours, gay male couples are more similar to married couples than lesbian or unmarried heterosexual couples are to married couples.

Suggested Citation

Jepsen, Christopher and Jepsen, Lisa Kay, Labor‐Market Specialization within Same‐Sex and Difference‐Sex Couples (January 2015). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 109-130, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12078

Christopher Jepsen (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Economics ( email )

Belfield
Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Lisa Kay Jepsen

University of Northern Iowa ( email )

Cedar Falls, IA 50614
United States

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