• Political Science
  • Published 2005

An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage

  title={An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage},
  author={Douglas W. Allen},
This paper argues marriage is an economically efficient institution, designed and evolved to regulate incentive problems that arise between a man and a woman over the life-cycle of procreation. As such, its social and legal characteristics will provide a poor match for the incentive problems that arise in the two distinctly different relationships of gay and lesbian couples. Forcing all three relationships under the same law will lead to a sub-optimal law for all three types of marriage.