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Susane Leguizamon

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. West Virginia University

Research interests: public economics, spatial econometrics, international economics, urban economics

Office: Tilton Hall Room 201

Phone: (504) 865-5320


November 2011: New Study by Susane Leguizamon Shows Varying Role of Gay Couples in Property Values

A study by Professor Susane Leguizamon of one Ohio city shows that same-sex couples may raise property values in neighborhoods that support gay marriage and hurt prices in ones that do not.

In work with David Christafore of Konkuk University in Seoul, Susane examined home values in 2000 in and around Columbus, Ohio. They concluded that an increase in the number of same-sex couples by one in 1,000 households is associated with a 1.1 percent price premium in enclaves that backed gay marriage. The same influx in areas that did not support same-sex marriage was linked to a 1 percent discount.

“The perception that there is prejudice against gay and lesbians by conservative groups is strong enough to be picked up in market prices,” Leguizamon said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg Business Week.

The full study will be published in the Journal of Urban Economics. For the articles based on the study, see Bloomberg and Business Week (same article printed); the Huffington Post; the Vancouver Sun; and the National Post.

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