Poverty in US Lesbian and Gay Couple Households

Schneebaum, Alyssa and Badgett, M. V. Lee (2019) Poverty in US Lesbian and Gay Couple Households. Feminist Economics, 25 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1466-4372

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Poverty is a widely researched topic in economics. However, despite growing research on the economic lives of lesbians and gay men in the United States since the mid 1990s, very little is known about poverty in same-sex couple households. This study uses American Community Survey data from 2010 to 2014 to calculate poverty rates for households headed by different-sex versus same-sex couples. Comparing households with similar characteristics, the results show that those headed by same-sex couples are more likely to be in poverty than those headed by different-sex married couples. Despite that overall disadvantage, a decomposition of the poverty risk shows that same-sex couples are protected from poverty by their higher levels of education and labor force participation, and their lower probability of having a child in the home. Lastly, the role of gender - above and beyond sexual orientation - is clear in the greater vulnerability to poverty for lesbian couples.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Poverty, same-sex couples, sexual orientation, lesbian, gay, bisexual
Classification Codes: JEL I32, D31, J16
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 06:36
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/87207/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6203


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