Areas of Expertise (5)
Economics of Sexual Orientation and Same-Sex Marriage
M. V. Lee Badgett is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of same-sex marriage, and is interviewed frequently in media coverage of gay marriage efforts both domestically and internationally.
She has appeared on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other national and international media.
For her testimony in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial challenging California’s Proposition 8, Badgett drew from research she conducted for her book "When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage," which addressed the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S.
Janet Yellen, former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, called Badgett's 2020 book, "The Economic Case for LGBT Equality:", "eye-opening in its global scope .... a must-read for all business leaders and policymakers.”
The University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Economics
The University of Chicago: A.B., Economics
Press Coverage (6)
Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers
Associated Press print
"Even with this week’s Supreme Court ruling, the workplace will be far from equal for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Some big employers do allow employees to indicate on their human resources forms that they are LGBTQ, like they do for gender and race, said M.V. Lee Badgett, an economics professor and co-director of the Center for Employment Equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst."
Lee Badgett on the economic case for LGBT equality
Los Angeles Blade print
Lee Badgett says her new book, 'The Economic Case for LGBT Equality" is an attempt to explain “why it’s a good idea to have full inclusion for LGBT people in our societies — and the economic reasons are a big piece of that ... If countries want to improve economically, “then you have to take a good close look at how well you’re treating LGBT people. And for that matter, other groups that are traditionally disadvantaged, women and people of color. "
UMass Amherst study uses IBM as a diversity model
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity has used an examination of IBM to launch series of case studies designed to explore the business rationale and goals of companies when adopting inclusive policies and practices. “We need to learn how innovative companies do the work of diversity and inclusion,” said economist and CEE co-director M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and public policy.
2020 Census Will Include Checkboxes To Count Same-Sex Couples
WABE | NPR Station in Atlanta
Lee Badgett comments in a story about why a new question on the national census about same sex couples is important.
A Year After a #MeToo Reckoning, Economists Still Grapple With It
The New York Times
Lee Badgett, co-chair of the American Economic Association's new Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession, comments on the need for the Association to act in response to revelations of sexism, racism and harassment in the profession.
Gay activists in India push top court to end ban on homosexuality — in part for the economy’s sake
The Washington Post
Lee Badgett is quoted in an article about the costs of discrimination against against LGBTQ people in India.
M.V. Lee Badgett, Andrew Flores and Andrew Park
In the past, many governments around the world have seen LGBT rights as a fringe issue. But now LGBT people are getting the world’s attention on core issues of life and death.
M.V. Lee Badgett
Economics professor Lee Badgett demonstrates how LGBT equality and inclusion within organizations increases their bottom line and allows for countries' economies to flourish.