The Business Boost from Marriage Equality: Evidence from the Health and Marriage Equality in Massachusetts Survey

Source: Naomi G. Goldberg, Michael D. Steinberger, and M.V. Lee Badgett, Williams Institute, May 2009

This brief draws on two sources of data, a survey and state-collected tax revenue data, and finds that marriages have had a positive economic effect on Massachusetts – likely providing a boost of over $100 million to the state economy. Same-sex couples’ weddings injected significant spending into the Massachusetts economy and brought out-of-state guests to the state, whose spending also added to the economic boost.
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