Gay Pay in the UK

15 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2005

See all articles by G. Reza Arabsheibani

G. Reza Arabsheibani

Swansea University - School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alan Marin

London School of Economics; London School of Economics

Jonathan Wadsworth

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; William Davidson Institute; Royal Holloway College University of London

Abstract

This paper attempts, for the first time for the UK, to analyse the earnings of homosexuals and test for the possible existence of sexual orientation discrimination by using decomposition analysis. Homosexuals are identified as individuals living with 'same-sex partners'. Gay men and lesbians in our sample both earn more on average than non-gays. However, we find that the decomposition indicates that homosexual men may be subject to discrimination in pay, in the sense that they earn less than heterosexual men with similar characteristics would earn, and therefore they may be more likely to benefit from UK legislation.

Suggested Citation

Arabsheibani, G. Reza and Marin, Alan and Wadsworth, Jonathan, Gay Pay in the UK. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=709748

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