Review of Economics of the Household

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 409–422

Marriage, partnership and sexual orientation: a study of British university academics and administrators



Using a unique data source on marital status, partnership and sexual orientation of academics and administrators at British universities, we estimate the impact of personal relationships upon earnings for men and women. While university data cover a relatively homogeneous group of workers, the two sides of the university are very different, with administrative jobs being more like the general job market in the economy. We find a large and significant married male premium, but only on the administrative side of the university. There is no female marriage premium, and no partnership return to gay men or to either heterosexual or homosexual women.


Partnership Marriage Sexual orientation Academic labour markets 

JEL Classifications

J12 J16 J30 J45 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of EssexWivenhoe ParkUK
  2. 2.Economics Program, Research School of Social SciencesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Economics, Royal Holloway CollegeUniversity of LondonEgham SurreyUK

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