Wage differentials of males and females in same-sex and different-sex couples in Canada, 2006–2010

  • Richard Mueller Department of Economics University of Lethbridge
Keywords: General Social Survey, differential wages, same-sex couples, earnings premium


This paper utilizes five cycles of the General Social Survey in consecutive years from 2006 through 2010 to address the issue of differential wages amongst members of same-sex couples compared to their counterparts in different-sex couples. We find that men in gay couples have wages that are statistically indistinguishable from those of males in heterosexual relationships. By contrast, a sizeable and statistically significant earnings premium exists for lesbians in same-sex couples.

Author Biography

Richard Mueller, Department of Economics University of Lethbridge
Associate Professor