Previous Marriage and the Lesbian Wage Premium

22 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

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Nasser Daneshvary

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics

C. Jeffrey Waddoups

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Graduate College

Bradley S. Wimmer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper provides insight into the wage gap between partnered lesbians and other groups of women. Using data from the 2000 Decennial Census, we find that wages of never-married lesbians are significantly higher than wages of previously married lesbians and other groups of women. Results indicate that controlling for previous marriage reduces the estimated lesbian wage premium by approximately 20 percent. Our research also reveals that wage patterns of previously married lesbians mirror those of cohabiting heterosexual women. Overall, our results are consistent with the notion that the lesbian wage premium is driven, in part, by differences in the labor-market commitment of lesbians and heterosexual women.

Suggested Citation

Daneshvary, Nasser and Waddoups, Jeff and Wimmer, Bradley S., Previous Marriage and the Lesbian Wage Premium. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 432-453, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1402970 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00567.x

Nasser Daneshvary

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jeff Waddoups

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Graduate College ( email )

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Bradley S. Wimmer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

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