Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 365–379

Educational Attainment and the Lesbian Wage Premium


  • Nasser Daneshvary
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • C. Jeffrey Waddoups
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas

DOI: 10.1007/s12122-007-9024-z

Cite this article as:
Daneshvary, N., Waddoups, C.J. & Wimmer, B.S. J Labor Res (2008) 29: 365. doi:10.1007/s12122-007-9024-z


This paper provides insight into the wage gap between lesbians and heterosexual women. Using data from the 2000 Decennial Census, we find a lesbian premium that equals approximately 10% for women without a bachelor’s degree, and is nearly non-existent for women with higher levels of education. These findings are consistent with proposition that the gap between lesbians’ and heterosexual women’s commitment to the labor market narrows at higher levels of education. We also find that controls for industry and occupation exert only a small effect on the gap between lesbian and heterosexual women’s wages.



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