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Economist Condemns Homophobia Using Economic Impacts

Lee Badgett

Combating homophobia based on theology and "sincerely held" personal beliefs can be a nigh-insurmountable task given the high degree of subjectivity involved in both. Economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Lee Badgett decided she would try a different angle to show that homophobia has quantifiable adverse impacts on society: economics.

Badgett created a case study using an economic model that she applied to India and submitted the preliminary findings to the World Bank earlier this year. Those findings showed that homophobia,

...leads to less education, lower earnings, poorer health and shorter lives. The lost workplace productivity and health problems connected with homophobia cost the United States between $2 billion and $31 billion in 2012.

The wide range is attributed to the scarcity of data on sexual minorities. In addition, she debunked the myth that gay men are flush with cash and showed that gay men actually earn 11-27% less than their heterosexual counterparts. 

Now to stand by and wait with bated breath for the Tea Party, who have long insisted that their party's focus is primarily about economic growth, to roundly condemn anti-gay discrimination.

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  1. "Now to stand by and wait with bated breath for the Tea Party, who have long insisted that their party's focus is primarily about economic growth, to roundly condemn anti-gay discrimination."

    Not that I disagree, but can you leave out the petty editorializing? It brings the legitimacy of this blog down quite a few notches.

    Posted by: pablo | Jul 1, 2014 11:06:48 AM


  2. It's a blog, Pablo, not a news organization. They can post whatever they want, however they want. You don't like it? Go somewhere else. Entitlement behavior is very unattractive on anyone.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jul 1, 2014 11:21:27 AM


  3. Definitely one of the 100 who matter for Time magazine...less starlets please!!

    I hope Ellen has her on....

    Posted by: styler | Jul 1, 2014 11:42:03 AM


  4. LIAMB, it's not entitlement behavior. Andy rarely editorializes with pathetic attempts at Queerty-style snark. It undercuts the entire message. If you want to respond to me, try something more creative and thoughtful than "Go somehwere else" -- hey, you don't like homophobia? "Go somewhere else". What stupid logic.

    Posted by: pablo | Jul 1, 2014 12:18:10 PM


  5. I'm more curious why this is being reported on now given that the study is several months old and was presented at a World Bank conference devoted to measuring the economic and social costs of LGBT animus.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 1, 2014 2:18:16 PM


  6. I like the editorializing, I expect it.

    Posted by: tim | Jul 1, 2014 3:59:07 PM


  7. With Tim

    Posted by: Just_A_guy | Jul 1, 2014 11:11:20 PM


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