Lesbian Women Earn 33% More

In the extensively-studied area of how different demographic groups fare in the labour market, the size of the gender pay gap and its causes has tended to dominate.  However, one Australian characteristic has not previously been studied: sexual orientation. In an attempt to rectify this deficiency, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, Australia’s only large-scale population-representative household panel survey, recently included a question about sexual identity, asking subjects to list their sexual preferences. Professor Mark Wooden comments on the results of the survey, which has found that gay men in Australia earn much less than heterosexual men, and lesbian women earn much more than heterosexual women.

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