The Business Boost from Marriage Equality: Evidence from the Health and Marriage Equality in Massachusetts Survey
By Naomi G. Goldberg, Michael D. Steinberger, M.V. Lee Badgett
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.