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Sissy That Walk: Transportation to Work by Sexual Orientation

Sonia Oreffice and Dario Sansone ()

No 14571, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We analyze differences in mode of transportation to work by sexual orientation, using the American Community Survey 2008-2019. Individuals in same-sex couples are significantly less likely to drive to work than men and women in different-sex couples. This gap is particularly stark among men: on average, almost 12 percentage point (or 13%) lower likelihood of driving to work for men in same-sex couples. Individuals in same-sex couples are also more likely to use public transport, walk, or bike to work: on average, men and women are 7 and 3 percentage points more likely, respectively, to take public transportation to work than those in different-sex couples. These differences persist after controlling for demographic characteristics, partner's characteristics, location, fertility, and marital status. Additional evidence from the General Social Survey 2008-2018 suggests that these disparities by sexual orientation may be due to lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals caring more for the environment than straight individuals.

Keywords: public transport; driving; sexual minorities; LGBTQ+; same-sex couples (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J15 Q50 R40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2021-07
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Published - revised version published as 'Transportation to work by sexual orientation' in: PLoS ONE , 2022, 17(2), e0263687 [Open access]

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