What I find most hilarious about this “finding” is how the researchers “out themselves.” They arrive at their conclusion in the same faulty way that fostered the myth of men being paid more than women.
When I read the headline I assumed in meant that Seth makes more than Bill for the same job down at Acme Associates.
No. That’s not what the “researchers” did.
They add up all the earnings of gays and compare it to all the earnings of straights, adjusting for percentages of gays versus straights, and voila, gays make more than straight people.
It doesn’t work that way. You might as well say doctors make more than custodians. What does this prove?
But the left will find a way to bitch and moan about studies like this one and find some bigotry and bias. Well, not this study. They are probably giddy with this one.
(By the way, where do you list that you’re gay or straight on your income tax forms?)
For years, federal data available showed that gay men earned an average of 5 to 10 percent less than straight men. But researchers at Vanderbilt University found that the earnings deficit for gay men disappeared and they now earn an average of 10 percent more than straight men with similar education, experience and job profiles.
Kitt Carpenter, a professor of economics at Vanderbilt University who co-authored the study, said he was taken aback by the findings due to large body of data that showed gay men earn less than straight men.
“We double- and triple-checked the dataset for other patterns that would indicate some fundamental error or data problem. We found none,” he wrote in the Harvard Business Review. “We subjected the gay male earnings premium to a host of extra tests to see if we could make the result go away. We could not.”
Carpenter said there’s not yet enough data to determine why gay men earn more than straight men. He pointed to the wider acceptance of the LGBT community, including initiatives like the “It Gets Better” project, but has doubts that more acceptance could explain why gay men are getting paid more than straight men instead of equal pay.
The Vanderbilt University economist who does extensive work on LGBT issues said another reason for the higher pay could be more families headed by two gay men due to the legalization of gay marriage.