Sexual Orientation and Neighborhood Quality: Do Same-Sex Couples Make Better Communities?

44 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2006 Last revised: 4 Nov 2007

Shihe Fu

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Date Written: October 31, 2007

Abstract

This study provides an initial empirical analysis on identifying the general relationship between housing values and the spatial distribution of same-sex couples across the U.S. The paper uses the 1990 and 2000 census 5% Public Use Microdata Samples and introduces the gay index into the social-amenity-based hedonic housing models. The results show significant correlation between the spatial concentration of same-sex couples and housing values; furthermore, housing values are higher in a city where the proportion of same-sex couples was higher a decade ago, suggesting that same-sex couples make better communities.

Keywords: Same-sex couples, Hedonic model, Gentrification, Gay index

JEL Classification: A14, J15, R14, R31

Suggested Citation

Fu, Shihe, Sexual Orientation and Neighborhood Quality: Do Same-Sex Couples Make Better Communities? (October 31, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=951727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.951727

Shihe Fu (Contact Author)

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) ( email )

A 307, Economics Building
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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