Sexual Orientation Based Wage Discrimination in the Utah Labor Market

Michael Scott Rodgers

Abstract


Utah has seen a recent rise of support for the LGBT community and much of it stems from Utah business leaders. This makes for an interesting time to study sexual orientation based wage discrimination and determine if support translates into equal wages. Using survey data collected from current students and alumni of Weber State University, this study examines potential wage discrimination due to sexual orientation in Utah. The sample allows for the analysis of discrimination specific to unskilled and skilled workers. The discrimination was measured using OLS regression and Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition. Gay and lesbian students were directly accounted for through self-identification. However, the number of LGBT participants was low. The results show no statistically significant wage discrimination in the sample.


Keywords


Discrimination;Wage Inequality;LGBT;Labor Economics

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