Sparar homosexuella par mer?

Ibland framställs homosexuella som kortsiktiga hedonister utan tanke på framtiden. Exempelvis skriver Murray Rothbard i ”Keynes, the Man” om The Apostles, den intellektuella elitgrupp i Cambridge som bl.a. Keynes ingick i:

The Apostolic confrontation with bourgeois values included praise for avant-garde aesthetics, holding homosexuality to be morally superior (with bisexuality a distant second), and hatred for such traditional family values as thrift or any emphasis on the future or long run, as compared to the present. (”In the long run,” as Keynes would later intone in his famous phrase, ”we are all dead.”)

Men stämmer det att homosexuella inte intar ett långsiktigt perspektiv? Den nya studien ”Sexual Orientation and Household Savings: Do Homosexual Couples Save More?” rapporterar följande:

We analyze how sexual orientation is related to household savings using 2000 US Census data, and find that gay and lesbian couples own significantly more retirement income than heterosexuals, while cohabiting heterosexuals save more than their married counterparts. In a household savings model, we interpret this homosexual-specific differential as due to the extremely low fertility of same-sex couples, in addition to the precautionary motives driving cohabiting households to save more than married ones.

Om man tolkar sparbeteende som en indikation på hur stor vikt man lägger vid framtiden verkar alltså homosexuella par nog så långsiktiga som andra.

Se även inlägget ”Sexraggande nationalekonom”.

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