Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110771
Authors: 
Diaz-Serrano, Luis
Meix-Llop, Enric
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9044
Abstract: 
The recognition of homosexual rights is a controversial issue in many countries. Spain was the third country in the world (after Netherlands and Belgium) to introduce a law recognizing homosexual marriage and adoption of children. In this paper, we examine for the first time whether schools are more hesitant to give feedback to homosexual parents during children's pre-registration period in Spain. In order to do that, we designed an internet field experiment to be conducted in schools. We created three types of fictitious couples; one heterosexual, one male homosexual and one female homosexual, and send emails to schools making sexual orientation explicit. Our results show that men homosexual couples had a significant lower probability to receive and answer than heterosexual couples (22.5 percentage points less). No statistically significant differences in the response rate were found between female homosexual and heterosexual couples. This result suggests that male homosexual couples might be penalized because of the lack of a maternal figure.
Subjects: 
discrimination
field experiment
schools
homosexual rights
JEL: 
H41
I20
K36
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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