The Economic Cost of Exclusion of LGBT People

Event: On the Margins of Development: Asia Pacific LGBT Inclusion, Poverty Reduction, and Prosperity

The Economic Cost of Exclusion of LGBT People

05 December 2016
Author / Speaker: 
M.V. Lee Badgett, Williams Institute - Email the author | Other materials by the author

M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and the former director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute. 

In this ADB seminar, she shared insights on the implications of excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in economic development. She highlighted the negative effects of such exclusion at the individual and economic levels and cited the positive correlation of promoting transgender rights to improved Gross Domestic Product.

Geographical Focus: 
Regional - Asia
Subregional- Pacific
Type of Content: 
Learning Event


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