Labour Force Status and Sexual Orientation
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2008
© The London School of Economics and Political Science 2008
Volume 76, Issue 301, pages 197–207, February 2009
How to Cite
LEPPEL, K. (2009), Labour Force Status and Sexual Orientation. Economica, 76: 197–207. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00676.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2008
- Final version received 22 August 2007.
This study explores the probabilities of being employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force, for men and women in same-sex couples and married and unmarried opposite-sex couples. Same-sex partners were more likely to be unemployed than married opposite-sex partners but less likely than unmarried opposite-sex partners. Laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination had positive and larger effects on unemployment for same-sex partners than for other partners. The presence of young children increased the probability of being out of the labour force more for male same-sex partners than for other men, and less for female same-sex partners than for other women.