Labor Market Outcomes of Same-Sex Couples in Countries with Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

Jan Gromadzki, Honorata Bogusz

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper

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We study the labor market outcomes of same-sex couples using data from large representative household surveys. We use high-quality data representing more than two-thirds of the world's population with access to same-sex marriage on three continents. Same-sex couples are less likely to be inactive and work more hours than different-sex couples, largely due to the differences in the probability of having a child. Men in same-sex couples are up to 60 percent more likely to be unemployed than men in different-sex couples. These unemployment gaps cannot be explained by occupational sorting or other observable characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Publication series

SeriesDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series

WU Working Paper Series

  • Department of Economics Working Paper Series


  • labor supply
  • unemployment
  • same-sex couples
  • discrimination
  • parenthood

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