People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015.

Gay men earn 10% more than straight men in similar jobs in the US

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Gay men earn 10% more than straight men in similar jobs in the US, according to a study by economists Christopher Carpenter and Samuel Eppink of Vanderbilt University.

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People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015.
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The wages of gay men had been historically lower than their straight counterparts, with prejudice against their sexual orientation playing a major role.

People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015.
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But Carpenter and Eppink suggest that reduced discrimination might not be the main reason for the wage boost for gay men, because lesbians have not experienced a similar trend.

People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015.
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Lesbians in the US earn 9% more than straight women in similar jobs, roughly the same as in previous studies.

People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015.
10%

One possible explanation lies in the fact that sexual orientation was self-reported. It could be that richer respondents were more comfortable saying they were gay, skewing the data.

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