Self-Employment, Earnings, and Sexual Orientation

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Title: Self-Employment, Earnings, and Sexual Orientation
Authors: Jepsen, Christopher
Jepsen, Lisa K.
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Date: Mar-2017
Abstract: Although many studies document differences by sexual orientation in earnings and other labor-market outcomes, little is known about differences in self-employment. Our study contributes to both the self-employment literature and sexual-orientation literature by analyzing differences in self-employment rates and earnings by sexual orientation. Gay men are less likely to be self-employed than married men, whereas lesbians are equally likely to be self-employed as married women. We find that gay men earn less than married men. We do find, however, that for those gay men who are self-employed, there is little evidence of a further earnings penalty, at least among full-time workers. Lesbians earn at least as much as married women, but receive no further earnings premium—or penalty—by being self-employed, again among full-time workers.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Review of Economics of the Household
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Start page: 287
End page: 305
Copyright (published version): 2017 Springer
Keywords: Sexual orientationSelf-employmentEarnings
DOI: 10.1007/s11150-016-9351-z
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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