Quotation Giddings, Lisa, Nunley, John, Schneebaum, Alyssa, Zietz, Joachim. 2014. Birth Cohort and the Specialization Gap Between Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples. Demography, 51, (2), 509-534.


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We examine differences in household specialization between same-sex and different-sex couples within and across three birth cohorts: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. Using three measures of household specialization, we find that same-sex couples are less likely than their different-sex counterparts to exhibit a high degree of specialization. However, the “specialization gap” between same-sex and different-sex couples narrows across birth cohorts. These findings are indicative of a cohort effect. Our results are largely robust to the inclusion of a control for the presence of children and for subsets of couples with and without children. We provide three potential explanations for why the specialization gap narrows across cohorts. First, different-sex couples from more recent birth cohorts may have become more like same-sex couples in terms of household specialization. Second, social and legal changes may have prompted a greater degree of specialization within same-sex couples relative to different-sex couples. Last, the advent of reproductive technologies, which made having children easier for same-sex couples from more recent birth cohorts, could result in more specialization in such couples relative to different-sex couples.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Demography
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B
Language English
Title Birth Cohort and the Specialization Gap Between Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples
Volume 51
Number 2
Year 2014
Page from 509
Page to 534
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13524-013-0267-4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13524-013-0267-4
Open Access N

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Schneebaum, Alyssa (Details)
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Giddings, Lisa (University of Wisconson-LaCrosse, United States/USA)
Nunley, John (University of Wisconson-LaCrosse, United States/USA)
Zietz, Joachim (Middle Tennesse State University, United States/USA)
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