The Economics of LGBTI Discrimination: Why Discrimination is Costly

Date: 15th March 2017 (Wed)
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Professor M. V. Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics and Director of the School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts

Biography: M. V. Lee Badgett is a Professor of Economics and Director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Her most recent books are The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World, and When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage which addresses the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. Other publications include Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men and the co-edited Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective.

Abstract: The global discussion of LGBTI issues demonstrates both increasing acceptance of LGBTI people in many countries and continued challenges that are rooted in prejudice and disapproval. A growing body of data from many countries reveals that LGBTI people face employment discrimination, lower wages, higher poverty rates, and poorer health, among other negative outcomes. Those individual level outcomes suggest that exclusion also is costly to economies, as recent research shows. Greater inclusion of LGBTI people would have a positive economic impact, increasing human capital, productivity, and health, and reducing avoidable costs associated with the impact of discrimination.


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