The Relationship between Global LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development

Speakers from USAID and the Williams Institute explore the relationship between the global inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and economic development. The speakers review some of the connections, at the micro and macro level, between rights and income. The speakers also present the findings of a study that analyzes the impact of the treatment of LGBT people on economic development in 39 emerging economies and other selected countries. The study uses, for the first time, the Global Index on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Orientation, based on eight categories of legal recognition and protection for lesbians and gay men. The study also uses a provisional index on transgender rights. The researchers found substantial evidence in many countries that discrimination and violence against LGBT people create economic harms for individuals that also affect a country’s economic performance.


Claire Lucas, Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships in the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA), USAID

Stephen O’Connell, Chief Economist, USAID

Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kees Waaldijk, Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands, and former McDonald/Wright Chair of Law, The Williams Institute

The webinar will be moderated by R. Bradley Sears, Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law and Executive Director, The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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