Date: 20th March 2017 (Mon)
Time: 18:45 – 19:00 Registration
19:00 – 20:15 Talk (followed by social networking with refreshments)
Venue: Societe Generale, 34/F Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen’s Road East, 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 demonstrate 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 reveal 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 will have a positive economic impact of discrimination.
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