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In the pink: homosexual-heterosexual wage differentials in the UK

Arabsheibani, G. Reza, Marin, Alan and Wadsworth, Jonathan (2004) In the pink: homosexual-heterosexual wage differentials in the UK. International Journal of Manpower, 25 (3/4). pp. 343-354. ISSN 0143-7720

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Identification Number: 10.1108/01437720410541434


There are few systematic studies of wage discrimination against homosexuals: none for the UK. This paper studies the earnings of homosexual men and women in the UK relative to their heterosexual counterparts. Homosexuals are identified as individuals living with “same sex partners”. Although gays of either sex earn more than non-gays, once allowance is made for differences in characteristics gay men appear to be paid less than heterosexuals, while lesbians appear to be paid more. As this implies, the gender pay gap is smaller amongst homosexuals than amongst heterosexuals. The gay male pay penalty is significantly lower in London than elsewhere.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J7 - Labor Discrimination > J71 - Discrimination
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 10:41
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 03:48

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