Quotation Badgett, M.V. Lee, Schneebaum, Alyssa. 2019. Poverty in US Lesbian and Gay Couple Households. Feminist Economics. 25 (1), 1-30.




Poverty is a widely researched topic in economics. However, despite growing research on the economic lives of lesbians and gay men in the United States since the mid 1990s, very little is known about poverty in same-sex couple households. This study uses American Community Survey data from 2010 to 2014 to calculate poverty rates for households headed by different-sex versus same-sex couples. Comparing households with similar characteristics, the results show that those headed by same-sex couples are more likely to be in poverty than those headed by different-sex married couples. Despite that overall disadvantage, a decomposition of the poverty risk shows that same-sex couples are protected from poverty by their higher levels of education and labor force participation, and their lower probability of having a child in the home. Lastly, the role of gender – above and beyond sexual orientation – is clear in the greater vulnerability to poverty for lesbian couples.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Feminist Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title Poverty in US Lesbian and Gay Couple Households
Volume 25
Number 1
Year 2019
Page from 1
Page to 30
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13545701.2018.1441533?needAccess=true
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2018.1441533
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13545701.2018.1441533?need
JEL I32, D31, J16


Schneebaum, Alyssa (Details)
Badgett, M.V. Lee (University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States/USA)
Department of Economics (Grisold) (Details)
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