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Discrimination against LGBTs in the Federal Service?

July 17, 2013 Comments off

Discrimination against LGBTs in the Federal Service? (PDF)
Source: Public Management Research Conference (6/30/13; La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin)

Although an executive order and an administrative interpretation of “prohibited personnel practices” protect lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) from employment discrimination in the civil service, the government also has a long history of explicit discrimination against LGBTs. This is the first paper to use two large data sets to examine the status of LGBTs in federal white ‐ collar employment. Using Census data, we find that federal employees with same ‐ sex partners now earn as much as comparable married employees and more than heterosexually partnered and single employees. Using the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), however, we find that LGBTs are significantly less likely to be satisfied with their pay, to think their performance appraisal was fair, to think that promotions and raises are based on merit, to trust their supervisors, and to recommend the government as a place to work.

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Health Insurance Enrollment and Bankruptcy Decisions

July 9, 2012 Comments off

Health Insurance Enrollment and Bankruptcy Decisions (PDF)

Source: University of Wisconsin (Xiaodong Fan and Berk Yavuzoglu)

Unlike many other developed countries in the world, the United States does not have an universal health care system. It has been debated for years, dated back at least to Clinton presidency. However, Americans have the option of using bankruptcy as an implicit health insurance. This paper aims to study the joint decision of bankruptcy and health insurance enrollment in a dynamic model framework using micro-level data.

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