Fabrizio Carmignani receives funding from the Australian Research Council for a project on the estimation of the piecewise linear continuous model and its application in macroeconomics. Love and companionship make most people happy and generally represent two of the key reasons why couples marry. The question is then how to produce these commodities more efficiently so that people are happier. For instance, the happiness of a person is not just determined by the number of meals prepared and consumed, but also by their quality. Economists look at marriage in this context.
Why write about homosexuality?
What economics has to say about same-sex marriage
Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction , or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Along with bisexuality and heterosexuality , homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual—homosexual continuum. The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for females and gay for males, but gay also commonly refers to both homosexual females and males. The percentage of people who are gay or lesbian and the proportion of people who are in same-sex romantic relationships or have had same-sex sexual experiences are difficult for researchers to estimate reliably for a variety of reasons, including many gay and lesbian people not openly identifying as such due to prejudice or discrimination such as homophobia and heterosexism. Many gay and lesbian people are in committed same-sex relationships, though only in the s have census forms and political conditions facilitated their visibility and enumeration.
Over a year ago, I flew to Greensboro, North Carolina, to figure out why a closeted year-old gay man would allegedly set another gay man, Stephen White, on fire and kill him. I spent days talking with family, loved ones, community members — anyone, really — about the case, asking why they thought this happened. I repeatedly heard one clear answer: this is what happens when you hate yourself. The LGBT youth suicide epidemic continues apace, and research has shown that homophobia can be a consequence of suppressed same-sex desire. Just last week, Elliot Morales, who identifies as bisexual, was convicted of a hate crime for the murder of Mark Carson in New York City.