Norms and Reform: Legalizing Homosexuality Improves Attitudes

@article{Kenny2017NormsAR,
  title={Norms and Reform: Legalizing Homosexuality Improves Attitudes},
  author={Charles Kenny and Dev Patel},
  journal={Social Science Research Network},
  year={2017}
}
This analysis examines the relationship between legal reform and social norms surrounding homosexuality. We document three main findings. First, about a fifth of the variation in individual preferences can be explained at a country level. Second, using a difference-in-differences strategy, legalizing homosexuality improves how individuals view the tone of their communities. Third, we provide further evidence supporting a legal origins argument by examining former colonies. Countries that were… 

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