Sexual identity and wellbeing: a distributional analysis

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Economics Letters


Samuel Mann, David Blackaby and Nigel O’Leary

Publication date


The relationship between sexual identity and wellbeing is analysed in an unconditional panel quantile setting. There is heterogeneity across sexual identity and gender for homosexuals and, for all but lesbians, sexual minorities are less satisfied than heterosexuals below the median of the wellbeing distribution. Meanwhile, bisexuals of any gender are the least satisfied of any sexual group, and this is apparent across the entire wellbeing distribution. In contrast, the happiest individuals who report an ‘other’ sexual orientation are happier than the happiest heterosexuals.

Volume and page numbers

181, 133-136





Psychology, Economics and Well Being


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