I thank Harrell Chesson, Fred Pryor, Julie Becher, Lee Badgett, Kitt Carpenter, Jörn-Steffen Pischke, three anonymous referees, participants at the Swarthmore College memorial conference in honour of Bernard Saffran and participants at the 2005 meeting of the Population Association of America for helpful comments.
Forsaking all others? The effects of same-sex partnership laws on risky sex*
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2008
The Economic Journal
Volume 118, Issue 530, pages 1055–1078, July 2008
How to Cite
Dee, T. S. (2008), Forsaking all others? The effects of same-sex partnership laws on risky sex. The Economic Journal, 118: 1055–1078. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02160.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Submitted: 4 October 2005 Accepted: 14 March 2007
One conjectured benefit of a marriage-like legal status for same-sex couples is a reduction in the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STI). In this study, I discuss how such a policy might influence risky sexual behaviour and STI rates. I also present reduced-form empirical evidence on whether same-sex partnership laws have reduced STI rates, using country-level panel data from Europe. The results suggest that these laws led to statistically significant reductions in syphilis but not in infections that are not sexually transmitted. However, their effects on the incidence of gonorrhoea and HIV were also smaller and statistically imprecise.