Thien Mai’s senior thesis, "The "Gay" Factor -- Exploring the Gay/Straight Wage-Gap". supervised by Marianne Wanamaker (Assistant Professor of Economics), received a Divisional Award at the Eureca Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. He was one of 10 award winners in the Business Division (out of 25 entrants).
Thien Mai is a Supply Chain Management major and Economics minor.
Is there a wage penalty for being gay? Previous research has indicated a sizable wage gap between gay and straight men of up to 25%. At the same time, national polling indicates increasing acceptance of gay marriage and gay relationships in general. Using the most recent data available (American Community Survey, 2012), I find a gay premium of ~6%, a number which is robust across a number of sample limitations. This premium may be partially related to urban residence which is unobserved in the public use samples of the ACS.
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