Empirical essays on wage determination and mobility /

dc.contributor.author Kirby, Joseph en_US
dc.contributor.department Economics & Finance en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T16:23:53Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T16:23:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.description Adviser: Adam Rennhoff. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation consists of three essays on labor force outcomes that result from implementation of statewide policies. The first essay, "Division of Labor and Marital Institutions: Evidence from Same-Sex Marriage", tests Becker's theory on household division of labor and wages with regards to individuals in same-sex partnerships relative to those in heterosexual partnerships. Results indicate that same-sex couples who identify as married have wage differentials similar to those of a heterosexual married couple. Married gay heads of household receive a wage premium relative to unmarried gay heads of household while married gay partners receive a wage penalty relative to unmarried gay partners. Evidence also suggests greater division of labor in married same-sex household compared to unmarried same-sex holds. The second essay, "Legal Protections and Marital Investment", tests the impact of legal recognition of same-sex partnerships. Results suggest same-sex marriage and civil unions increase the wage differentials of married same-sex partnerships, while domestic partnerships result in wage penalties for married homosexuals. The third essay, "Non-Discrimination Laws, Mobility, and Labor Outcomes", tests the labor force outcomes for heterosexuals and homosexuals in states with laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Results do not provide significant evidence that gay men and women have better labor force outcomes in states with non-discrimination laws. It appears that laws designed to improve the labor force outcomes of homosexuals do not have much significant impact while laws targeting non-pecuniary aspects of their lives have significant results on wages. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3951
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wages United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wage differentials United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Economics, Labor en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gender Studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh GLBT Studies en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Empirical essays on wage determination and mobility / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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