Date of Submission

Fall 2019

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Michael Martell

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This Senior Project analyzes the wage effects of marriage for same-sex couples from a theoretical and empirical perspective using data from the 2012-2017 American Community Survey. I present the first empirical evidence of a wage effect to marriage for same-sex couples. I find strong evidence that this premium is driven by an increased degree of household specialization in married gay and lesbian couples. For both gay and lesbian couples, my results show a large and statistically significant return to marriage for the primary earner in same-sex couples. This raises several questions for future research and potential issues for the more egalitarian relationships sought by the gay liberation and lesbian feminism movements.

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