Ali M. Ahmed is at Linnaeus University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Lina Andersson and Mats Hammarstedt are at Linnaeus University.
Inter- and Intra-Household Earnings Differentials among Homosexual and Heterosexual Couples
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Special Issue: The London School of Economics and Wiley-Blackwell present the second of two additional online-only supplement issues for 2011
Volume 49, Issue Supplement s2, pages s258–s278, July 2011
How to Cite
Ahmed, A. M., Andersson, L. and Hammarstedt, M. (2011), Inter- and Intra-Household Earnings Differentials among Homosexual and Heterosexual Couples. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49: s258–s278. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00849.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2011
- Final version accepted on 13 December 2010.
We present earnings differentials between homosexuals and heterosexuals. In line with previous research, we find that gay males earn less than heterosexual males, and that lesbians earn more than heterosexual females. However, when combining the individuals into households, our results are strikingly different: very small earnings differentials between gay households and heterosexual households are found. Lesbian households earn considerably less. The largest earnings inequalities between spouses are found among gay males followed by heterosexuals. Studying sexual orientation and earnings is complex, and household earnings have to be taken into consideration when conclusions are drawn.