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2008 .081

Sexual Orientation and Household Decision Making. Same-Sex Couples’ Balance of Power and Labor Supply Choices


Authors: Sonia Oreffice
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano
Type: Journal
Keywords: Household Decision Making,Same-Sex Couples,Labor Supply
JEL n.: D1,J22
JEL: Labour Economics
Pages: Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 145-158
Date: 04/2011

Abstract

I estimate how intra-household bargaining affects gay and lesbian couples’ labor supplies, investigating their similarity to heterosexual decision-making, in a collective household framework. Data from the 2000 US Census show that couples of all types exhibit a significant response to bargaining power shifts, as measured by differences between partners in age or non-labor income. In gay, lesbian, and heterosexual cohabiting couples, a relatively young or rich partner has more bargaining power and hence supplies less labor, the opposite holding for his/her mate. Married couples value the older spouse instead, or the richer. No effects are found for same-sex roommates.

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