Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73153
Authors: 
Humpert, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 245
Abstract: 
This paper observes sexual orientation based differences in German incomes. Gay men and lesbian women sort themselves into different occupations and sectors than their heterosexual counterparts. I find evidence that cohabitating gay men have an income penalty of 9 to 10 percent compared with married men, while lesbian women have a premium of about 10 to 12 percent compared with married women. Lesbians in a registered same-sex union have an income gain of about 16 to 21 percent, while the effect for men is not statistically significant. There is evidence that gay households have 9 to 15 percent higher household income than mixed-sex couples. The results for lesbian household income are not statistically significant.
Subjects: 
Wage Discrimination
Labor Supply
Sexual Orientation
JEL: 
J31
J16
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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